Review - Document Details

 



Review - Reviewer's Assessment

1. Short summary / abstract
The web directory provides links to information, epidemiology, laboratory services and surveillance data on the three most recognised blood borne viruses in the UK plus related topics such as healthcare associated infections, injecting drug users and tuberculosis.
The main blood borne viruses in the UK – information and guidance in the occupational setting
Hepatitis B
Hepatitis C
HIV and AIDS
Related topics – information and guidance on a variety of issues
Healthcare associated infection
Injecting drug users
Tuberculosis – information and guidance in the occupational setting
Main Menu
General information and advice for clinical healthcare workers
Epidemiological data – surveillance and occupational transmission of HIV
Guidelines
Laboratory services
BBV’s Unit/Hepatitis Reference laboratory
Sexually transmitted viruses/HIV Reference Laboratory
Publications
Contracts
Updates
Surveillance reports
Examples of good and bad practice to avoid sharps injury
Downloadable poster for sharps injuries first aid
Reporting occupational exposure to BBV’s transmission


2. What question is the document addressing?
The web directory provides links to information, epidemiological data, laboratory services and surveillance data on the three most recognised blood borne viruses in the UK plus related topics such as healthcare associated infections, injecting drug users and tuberculosis.

3. Type of study
Webpages

4. Methods valid & appropriate?
Yes

Comments:
Title of web directory confusing as not just about occupational exposure to blood borne virus but includes occupational exposure to TB and information/links to subjects such as Endoscopes, multi-resistant Acinetobacter outbreaks, data from MRSA mandatory surveillance and issues of BBVs and other infectious diseases for drug users.

5. Results / recommendations reliable?
Yes

6. Any major problems and biases?
Would not necessarily search for some of the documents included in a web directory entitled ‘Blood borne virus and occupational exposure’ – may cause some confusion

7. Any other important / relevant studies which confirm or contradict?
Strategy/policy documents, reports, guidance, fact sheets and surveillance data included in web directory
1. Hepatitis B key documents http://www.dh.gov.uk/PolicyAndGuidance/HealthAndSocialCareTopics/HepatitisB/HepatitisBGeneralInformation/fs/en
2. Hepatitis C key documents http://www.dh.gov.uk/PolicyAndGuidance/HealthAndSocialCareTopics/HepatitisC/HepatitisCGeneralInformation/fs/en
3. HIV key documents http://www.dh.gov.uk/PolicyAndGuidance/HealthAndSocialCareTopics/HIV/HIVGeneralInformation/fs/en


8. Keywords
Hepatitis B Hepatitis C HIV healthcare associated infection occupational exposure tuberculosis blood borne viruses



Reviewer's Details:

Name:Sue Wiseman
Post:Nurse Consultant –Infection Control, DH
Affiliations
(Society / Organisation / Advisory Committee):
Member Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens
Health Protection Adviser Royal College of Nursing P/T
Member Infection Control Nurses Association


*** Note: These are the views of a professional expert rather than an official statement from his or her society, organisation or advisory committee.






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