|Document ID (ISN)||109875|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0019-8366 - Industrial Health
|Convention or series no.
||Leiss J.K., Sousa S., Boal W.L.
||Circumstances surrounding occupational blood exposure events in the national study to prevent blood exposure in paramedics
||Mar. 2009, Vol.47, No.2, p.139-144. 21 ref.
||http://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/indhealth/47/2/139/_pdf/-char/ja/ [in English]
||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.
||blood; injection injuries; causes of accidents; health care personnel; wounds
||analysis of accident causes; USA; disobeying safety instructions; violence; questionnaire survey
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||USA|
||Commerce, services, offices
|Broad subject area(s)
||Health care services
Violence and terrorism