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Document ID (ISN)110629
CIS number 10-0285
ISSN - Serial title 0340-0131 - International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Wicker S., Jung J., Allwinn R., Gottschalk R., Rabenau H.F.
Title Prevalence and prevention of needlestick injuries among health care workers in a German university hospital
Bibliographic information Jan. 2008, Vol.81, No.3, p.347-354. Illus. 37 ref.
Abstract Health care workers (HCWs) are exposed to various bloodborne pathogens through job-related risk factors including needlestick injuries. The purpose of this study was to investigate the frequency and causes of needlestick injuries in a German university hospital. Data were obtained by an anonymous, self-reporting questionnaire. The share of reported needlestick injuries which could have been prevented by using safety devices was estimated. 31.4% of participant HCWs had sustained at least one needlestick injury in the last 12 months. A wide variation in the number of reported needlestick injuries was evident across disciplines, ranging from 46.9% among medical staff in surgery and 18.7% among HCWs in pediatrics. Of all occupational groups, physicians have the highest risk to experience needlestick injuries (55.1%). On average 34% of all needlestick injuries could have been avoided by the use of safety devices. Other findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) Germany; needle-stick injuries; hospitals; health care personnel; frequency rates
Descriptors (secondary) design of equipment; questionnaire survey; safety by design; safe working methods
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Health care services
Risk evaluation
Safety programmes