Blood-Borne Infection Risk Assessment Unit

To contact us

For more information or to submit an assessment request, you can reach the SERTIH every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30 am to noon.

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All calls and conversations are confidential.

Who is eligible for the service?

The Blood-Borne Infection Risk Assessment Unit (Service d’évaluation des risques d’infections hématogènes – SERTIH) is intended for professionals and students in the health care field (hereinafter referred to as “caregivers”) who have one or more blood-borne infections and whose profession includes exposure-prone procedures. The service allows concerned professionals to get a risk assessment of infection transmission to their patients.

Are you infected with a blood-borne infection?

A caregiver who practices exposure-prone procedures holds the responsibility to know their blood-borne infection status, i.e. human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV). If infected with one of these viruses, the caregiver needs to rapidly communicate with the SERTIH in order to obtain a risk assessment and to receive recommendations concerning his clinical practice. 

Professions and training programs that include exposure-prone procedures are:

  • Medicine
  • Dental medicine
  • Dental hygiene
  • Midwifery
  • Nursing and nursing sciences
  • Pre-hospital emergency care (paramedics).

Are you aware of your health status? If in doubt, do not take any risk. Get yourself screened for blood-borne diseases, and if one or more of your tests are positive, contact rapidly your doctor and the SERTIH. If you are infected, we will support you to determine if any accommodations are necessary to maintain a safe practice.