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Document ID (ISN)109573
CIS number 09-712
ISSN - Serial title 0962-7480 - Occupational Medicine
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Musharrafieh U.M., Bizri A.R.N., Nassar N.T., Rahi A.C., Shoukair A.M., Doudakian R.M., Hamadeh G.N.
Title Health care workers' exposure to blood-borne pathogens in Lebanon
Bibliographic information Mar. 2008, Vol.58, No.2, p.94-98. Illus. 29 ref.
Internet access http://occmed.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/reprint/58/2/94 [in English]
Abstract The objective of this study was to assess the pattern of occupational exposure to blood and body fluids (BBF) at a 420-bed hospital in Beirut, Lebanon. A total of 1,590 BBF exposure-related accidents reported to the Infection Control Office over a 17-year period were retrospectively analysed. Results are expressed in terms of long-term trends, categories of personnel exposed and causes of the incident. The study shows that health care workers continue to be exposed to blood-borne pathogens. Findings and their implications are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) blood; infectious diseases; risk factors; health care personnel; biological hazards; hospitals
Descriptors (secondary) analysis of accident causes; Lebanon; spills; needle-stick injuries; WHO
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceLebanon
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Bacterial and parasitic diseases
Health care services
Biological hazards