|Document ID (ISN)||104015|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
|Convention or series no.
||Dement J.M., Epling C., ěstbye T., Pompeii L.A., Hunt D.L.
||Blood and body fluid exposure risks among health care workers: Results of the Duke health and safety surveillance system
||Dec. 2004, Vol.46, No.6, p.637-648. Illus. 38 ref.
||The objective of this research was to better define the blood and body fluids (BBF) exposure risk and risk factors among a cohort of health care workers. 24,425 health care workers were followed for BBF exposure events from 1998 to 2002. 2,730 BBF exposures were reported during the study period, corresponding to a total annual rate of 5.5 events per 100 full-time equivalents and a percutaneous exposure rate of 3.9. Higher rates were observed for males, persons employed less than four years, Hispanic employees, and persons less than 45 years of age. Even higher rates were observed for house staff, nurse anaesthetists, inpatient nurses, phlebotomists and operating room technicians. Rates of percutaneous exposures from hollow needles were found to decrease over the study period; however, exposure rates from suture needles appear to be increasing.
||hospitals; risk factors; biological hazards; health care personnel
||race-linked differences; blood; skin absorption; skin injuries; age-linked differences; sex-linked differences; frequency rates; needle-stick injuries
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||USA|
||Commerce, services, offices
|Broad subject area(s)
||Health care services