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Document ID (ISN)55325
CIS number 91-160
ISBN(s) 0-660-13481-0 (Eng); 0-660-92963-5 (fr)
Year 1990
Convention or series no. CCOHS/CCHST P90-1E/F
Author(s) Baxter J.A.
Title Needlestick injuries - A summary of the occupational health concern
Original title Blessures par piqûre d'aiguille - Résumé des risques sur le plan professionnel [in French]
Bibliographic information Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, 250 Main Street East, Hamilton, Ontario L8N 1H6, Canada, Feb. 1990. 11p. 16 ref.
Abstract Accidental punctures by contaminated needles can cause injection of hazardous substances, in particular, blood-borne viruses such as hepatitis and AIDS. Needlestick injuries are an occupational hazard for nursing and laboratory staff and for domestic staff encountering needles in waste. Recommended preventive measures include effective training programmes, safe handling and recapping procedures and effective waste disposal systems for used needles.
Descriptors (primary) Canada; injection injuries; biological hazards; nursing personnel; health hazards; hospitals
Descriptors (secondary) disposal of harmful waste; infectious diseases; data sheet; immunodeficiency syndrome; safe working methods; infectious hepatitis
Document type F - Information notes, codes of practice, standards
Country / State or ProvinceCanada
Subject(s) Other industries and occupations
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Viral diseases (other than aids)
Health care services
Biological hazards
Bacterial and parasitic diseases