|Document ID (ISN)||111805|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0962-7480 - Occupational Medicine
|Convention or series no.
||Dunleavy K., Taylor A., Gow J., Cullen B., Roy K.
||Management of blood and body fluid exposures in police staff
||Oct. 2010, Vol.60, No.7, p.540-545. Illus. 22 ref.
||Police service staff are at risk of occupational exposure to blood and body fluids with the consequent risk of blood-borne virus (BBV) infections. The objective of this study was to examine the types of occupational exposure incidents experienced by Scottish police service staff and to evaluate the post-incident management provided by their occupational health services. Data were collected on the circumstances and the post-incident management of each incident reported to occupational health services over 12 months. An expert panel reviewed the post-incident management provided by the occupational health service. The panel considered that the majority of cases of occupational exposure incurred little or no risk of BBV transmission. In general, the expert panel assessed the post-incident management provided by the occupational health service units serving the police as adequate and appropriate. However, some concerns were raised in relation to a small number of incorrect risk assessments and an inconsistent approach to hepatitis C virus follow-up blood testing.
||virus diseases; blood; saliva; biological hazards; police forces
||United Kingdom; hazard evaluation; exposure evaluation; limitation of exposure; safe working methods
||D - Periodical articles
||Commerce, services, offices
|Broad subject area(s)
||Occupational medicine, epidemiology
||Fire fighting, police, prisons and the armed forces
Viral diseases (other than aids)