|Document ID (ISN)||111299|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
|Convention or series no.
||Kim H., Kriebel D., Quinn M.M., Davis L.
||The snowman: A model of injuries and near-misses for the prevention of sharps injuries
||Nov. 2010, Vol.53, No.11, p.1119-1127. Illus. 34 ref.
||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.
||Massachusetts; needle-stick injuries; blood; health care personnel; occupational accidents; biological hazards
||USA; hazard evaluation; reliability; description of technique
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Massachusetts|
||Commerce, services, offices
|Broad subject area(s)
||Health care services