first_img Previous Article Next Article BriefingOn 1 Jan 2004 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. A round-up of news from the professional journalsInfection directors Infection control nurses say Government plans to employ a director ofinfection control in every hospital must be backed by more appropriatelytrained nurses. The appointment of the directors is part of a package ofgovernment proposals in a bid to cut the number of healthcare associatedinfections (HAI). The UK’s HAI rates are the highest in Europe, and account foraround 5,000 deaths a year. Nursing Standard, 11 December Passive smoking New research shows that passive smoking increases an individual’s risk ofdeveloping lung cancer by up to 30 per cent. A report published online by theInternational Journal of Cancer found that people exposed to second-hand smokeare 13 to 32 per cent more likely to develop lung cancer than unexposedindividuals. Nursing Times, 11 December Small risk to hepatitis C Health professionals and emergency staff who observe standard precautionswhen exposed to blood are at no greater risk of the hepatitis C virus (HCV)than the general population, according to a new study. The research, publishedin the Archives of Internal Medicine used data from surveys and blood screensfrom emergency personnel whose specimens had been tested for antibodies to HCV.(Arch Intern Med 163 (21) 2605-2610) Nursing Times, 9 December last_img


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