|Document ID (ISN)||110629|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
|Convention or series no.
||Wicker S., Jung J., Allwinn R., Gottschalk R., Rabenau H.F.
||Prevalence and prevention of needlestick injuries among health care workers in a German university hospital
||Jan. 2008, Vol.81, No.3, p.347-354. Illus. 37 ref.
||Health care workers (HCWs) are exposed to various bloodborne pathogens through job-related risk factors including needlestick injuries. The purpose of this study was to investigate the frequency and causes of needlestick injuries in a German university hospital. Data were obtained by an anonymous, self-reporting questionnaire. The share of reported needlestick injuries which could have been prevented by using safety devices was estimated. 31.4% of participant HCWs had sustained at least one needlestick injury in the last 12 months. A wide variation in the number of reported needlestick injuries was evident across disciplines, ranging from 46.9% among medical staff in surgery and 18.7% among HCWs in pediatrics. Of all occupational groups, physicians have the highest risk to experience needlestick injuries (55.1%). On average 34% of all needlestick injuries could have been avoided by the use of safety devices. Other findings are discussed.
||Germany; needle-stick injuries; hospitals; health care personnel; frequency rates
||design of equipment; questionnaire survey; safety by design; safe working methods
||D - Periodical articles
||Commerce, services, offices
|Broad subject area(s)
||Health care services