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Document ID (ISN)111299
CIS number 10-0876
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Kim H., Kriebel D., Quinn M.M., Davis L.
Title The snowman: A model of injuries and near-misses for the prevention of sharps injuries
Bibliographic information Nov. 2010, Vol.53, No.11, p.1119-1127. Illus. 34 ref.
Abstract Sharps injuries (SI) and other blood/body fluid exposures (BBFE) present bloodborne pathogen risks for home healthcare (HHC) workers. In this study, a new conceptual model for using near-misses for SI and BBFE was developed and its utility in statistical analyses of SI and BBFE risk factors was evaluated. It involved surveying 787 HHC nurses and 282 aides. Questions focused on the circumstances leading up to the SI, BBFE, and near-misses. After evaluating the hypothesis that near-misses and events lie along the same causal pathway, these outcomes were combined to estimate their association with employment status. There were similar frequencies of risk factors for the events SI, BBFE, and their near-misses, suggesting that they may share common causal pathways. Combined data on events and near-misses confirmed that part-time and temporary HHC aides were at higher risk than full-timers.
Descriptors (primary) Massachusetts; needle-stick injuries; blood; health care personnel; occupational accidents; biological hazards
Descriptors (secondary) USA; hazard evaluation; reliability; description of technique
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceMassachusetts
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Health care services
Biological hazards