ILO Home
Go to the home page
Site map | Contact us Franšais | Espa˝ol

CISDOC database

Document ID (ISN)109875
CIS number 09-948
ISSN - Serial title 0019-8366 - Industrial Health
Year 2009
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Leiss J.K., Sousa S., Boal W.L.
Title Circumstances surrounding occupational blood exposure events in the national study to prevent blood exposure in paramedics
Bibliographic information Mar. 2009, Vol.47, No.2, p.139-144. 21 ref.
Internet access [in English]
Abstract The objective of this study was to describe blood exposure events among U.S. paramedics. A mail survey was conducted in 2002-2003 among a nationally representative sample of licensed paramedics. Eighty percent of needle/lancet sticks involved non-safety devices. A third of mucous membrane exposures occurred even though the paramedic was wearing eye or face protection; in half of the events, the exposures were caused by the patient vomiting, spitting, or coughing up blood; in a third of the events, the patient was being uncooperative or combative. In 83% of the non-intact skin exposures, the paramedic was wearing disposable gloves. Findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) blood; injection injuries; causes of accidents; health care personnel; wounds
Descriptors (secondary) analysis of accident causes; USA; disobeying safety instructions; violence; 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
Violence and terrorism