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Document ID (ISN)109306
CIS number 09-354
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2007
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Alamgir H., Cvitkovich Y., Yu S., Yassi A.
Title Work-related injury among direct care occupations in British Columbia, Canada
Bibliographic information Nov. 2007, Vol.64, No.11, p.769-775. 41 ref.
Abstract The aim of this study was to examine how injury incidence and type differ among nursing occupations in relation to acute care, nursing homes and community care settings in British Columbia, Canada. Data were derived from a standardised operational database. Poisson regression was used to determine injury risks associated with direct care occupations. Care aides had higher injury rates in every setting, with the highest rate in nursing homes. Licensed practical nurses had higher injury rates (30.0%) within acute care than within nursing homes. For registered nurses, the highest injury rates (21.9%) occurred in acute care, but their highest (13.0%) musculoskeletal injury (MSI) rate occurred in nursing homes. Musculoskeletal injury comprised the largest proportion of total injuries in all occupations: in both acute care and nursing homes, care aids had twice the risk of registered nurses. Across all settings, puncture injuries were more predominant for registered nurses (21.3% of their total injuries). Other findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) British Columbia; risk factors; health care personnel; injuries
Descriptors (secondary) Canada; musculoskeletal diseases; frequency rates; needle-stick injuries; hazard evaluation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceCanada
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Health care services