2% in 2010, a significant proportion of pregnant women in need of invasive procedures
will be HIV infected.
There are no published data on the number of invasive procedures
done in South Africa, but unpublished data from national laboratories suggest that the services are under-utilised.
Despite these issues, the future of minimally invasive procedures
Elderly patients with symptomatic coronary artery disease have the same survival and quality of life at 1-year follow-up whether they initially receive medical therapy or undergo invasive procedures
-but those on medical therapy are likely to require invasive procedures
within months anyway
The bill would also bar infected professionals from performing invasive procedures
without the patient's informed consent and would allow those who perform invasive procedures
to test patients without their consent if the professionals have a reasonable basis for believing their patients may be infected with HIV.
Also, there was no risk of virus transmission: Nationwide there were no documented cases of HIV transmission from physician to patients; as a further safeguard, the family practitioner performed few invasive procedures
and had stopped even those after testing HIV positive.
This document defines exposure-prone invasive procedures
as procedures during which there is a recognized risk for percutaneous injury to the health-care worker (HCW), and if such an injury occurs, the HCW's blood is likely to contact the patient's body cavity, subcutaneous tissues, and/or mucous membranes.