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Out of hours management of occupational exposures to blood and body fluids in healthcare staff
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    Response to comments by Leman and colleagues
    • Dipti Patel, Occupational Physician
    • Other Contributors:
      • Ira Madden, and David Snashall

    Dear Editor

    We were interested to read the recent rapid response to our short report by Leman and colleagues,[1] but were surprised that they seem to have taken issue with the findings, particularly as the purpose of audit is to evaluate practice and, with the application of the iterative audit cycle, improve the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of care provided.

    While we accept that the paper has seve...

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    None declared.
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    Occupational Health Department role in bodily fluid exposures
    • Peter Leman, Emergency Physician
    • Other Contributors:
      • Niall O'Connor, Jane Terris , Adrain Goudie and Chris Lacy


    We read with interest Patel et al.'s paper [1] on healthcare workers exposures to blood/bodily fluids. The title of the paper is a misnomer, as none of the patients seen in the Occupational Health Department (OHD) were managed out of hours, and this significant difference in the populations studied is one of the majors biases affecting the results of this study.

    The authors have attempted...

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