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Document ID (ISN)111585
CIS number 11-0168
ISSN - Serial title 1232-1087 - International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Vaz K., McGrowder D., Crawford T., Alexander-Lindo R.L., Irving R.
Title Prevalence of injuries and reporting of accidents among health care workers at the University Hospital of the West Indies
Bibliographic information 2010, Vol.23, No.2, p.133-143. 41 ref.
Internet access 11-0168.pdf [in English]
Prevalence_of_injuries.pdf [in English]
Abstract This cross sectional study was conducted in September and October 2007 at the University Hospital of the West Indies. A 28-item self-administered questionnaire was provided to 200 health care workers including medical doctors, medical technologists, nurses and assistants to assess knowledge and practices regarding universal precautions, prevalence of injuries and incidence of accidents and compliance with post-exposure prophylaxis. Splashes from body fluids, needle stick injuries and cuts from other objects were quite prevalent among health care workers. At the same time, the study found that the majority of health care workers was aware of policies and procedures for reporting accidents. Implications of these findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) Jamaica; injuries; safety consciousness; safe working methods; hospitals; health care personnel
Descriptors (secondary) needle-stick injuries; questionnaire survey; cross-sectional study; notification of occupational accidents; frequency rates
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Medicine, hygiene and first aid
Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) General safety, health and conditions of work
Browse category(ies) Health care services
OSH in developing countries