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Document ID (ISN)104015
CIS number 05-467
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2004
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Dement J.M., Epling C., ěstbye T., Pompeii L.A., Hunt D.L.
Title Blood and body fluid exposure risks among health care workers: Results of the Duke health and safety surveillance system
Bibliographic information Dec. 2004, Vol.46, No.6, p.637-648. Illus. 38 ref.
Abstract 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.
Descriptors (primary) hospitals; risk factors; biological hazards; health care personnel
Descriptors (secondary) race-linked differences; blood; skin absorption; skin injuries; age-linked differences; sex-linked differences; frequency rates; needle-stick injuries
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Health care services
Biological hazards