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Document ID (ISN)108815
CIS number 08-1465
ISSN - Serial title 0019-8366 - Industrial Health
Year 2007
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Gershon R.R.M., Qureshi K.A., Pogorzelska M., Rosen J., Gebbie K.M., Brandt-Rauf P.W., Sherman M.F.
Title Non-hospital based registered nurses and the risk of bloodborne pathogen exposure
Bibliographic information Oct. 2007, Vol.45, No.5, p.695-704. 37 ref.
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Abstract The aim of this study was to assess the risk of exposure to blood and other body fluids among non-hospital based nurses employed in New York State. A self-administered questionnaire was completed by a random stratified sample of nurses. Results were reviewed to identify opportunities for improvement. Nine percent of respondents reported at least one needlestick injury in the 12-month period prior to the study. The percutaneous injury rate was 13.8 per 100 person years. Under-reporting was common; 49% of all percutaneous injuries were never formally reported and 70% never received any post-exposure care. Findings are comparable to data concerning hospital-based nurses. Underreporting is an important obstacle to infection prevention. Risk management strategies appeared to be poorly implemented. Other findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) blood; New York; women; biological hazards; risk factors; nursing personnel
Descriptors (secondary) subjective assessment; notification of occupational accidents; USA; exposure evaluation; disobeying safety instructions; cross-sectional study; needle-stick injuries; safe working methods; frequency rates; questionnaire survey
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