The Health and Work Development Unit, a partnership between the Faculty and RCP, has produced three new publications:
The Royal College of Physicians has published new guidance highlighting the prevalence of occupational asthma and calling on doctors to explore the potential job-related causes of asthma when diagnosing patients. An estimated one in six cases of asthma in people of working age is either caused or aggravated by work-related factors.
The Department of Health Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection (ARHAI) Committee formed a working group regarding the emerging issue of animal associated MRSA (both Livestock Associated (LA) and Companion Animal (CA)) and has now issued its report. Dr Anil Adisesh represented the Faculty on this working group.
The Health Protection Agency has published Guidelines for prevention and control of group A streptococcal infection in acute healthcare and maternity settings in the UK, which will be of relevance to occupational health professionals working in hospital, and especially maternity, settings. The guidelines were produced as a consequence of increasing demand for advice and following two deaths. Dr Elizabeth Murphy represented the Faculty on this working group.