Mesothelioma: are nurses being put at risk in the workplace?
The cancer, caused by asbestos, could affect more staff than statistics suggest, say our expert authors
- Office for National Statistics analysis concludes that hospitals have little or no evidence of increased mesothelioma risk compared with the general population – but this does not tally with the experience of many specialists
- Data show that at least 81% of organisations running hospitals in the UK have sites containing asbestos
- Analysis highlights good technical care of healthcare workers experiencing mesothelioma, but emotional care sometimes falls short, especially when carers are engaging with colleagues
Malignant mesothelioma is an aggressive, rare cancer caused by exposure to, and inhalation of, asbestos, a fibre-like material once widely used in the
Want to read more?
Unlock full access to RCNi Plus today
Save over 50% on your first three months:
- Customisable clinical dashboard featuring 200+ topics
- Unlimited online access to all 10 RCNi Journals including Nursing Standard
- RCNi Learning featuring 180+ RCN accredited learning modules
- NMC-compliant RCNi Portfolio to build evidence for revalidation
- Personalised newsletters tailored to your interests