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Document ID (ISN)111015
CIS number 10-0582
ISSN - Serial title 1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Dorevitch S., Lacey S.E., Abelmann A., Zautcke J.
Title Occupational needlestick injuries in a US airport
Bibliographic information May 2010, Vol.52, No.5, p.551-554. 31 ref.
Internet access Occupational_needlestick_injuries.pdf [in English]
Abstract To characterize needlestick injuries (NSIs) among airport workers, and to suggest preventive strategies, a retrospective review (2003-2008) was conducted of workers evaluated at a clinic in a large United States airport that provides occupational health services. Over a period of six years, 14 NSI cases were seen. The majority of injuries occurred while workers cleaned lavatories in the airport or on airplanes. Insulin needles were involved in most cases, and the injuries typically occurred on the hand. No cases of hepatitis B, C, or HIV seroconversion were documented, although follow-up was typically incomplete. The improper disposal of used insulin needles among travellers can result in potential bloodborne pathogen exposure among airport workers.
Descriptors (primary) aircraft; airports; needle-stick injuries; domestic and related helpers, cleaners; occupational accidents; biological hazards
Descriptors (secondary) USA; insulin; immunodeficiency syndrome; infectious hepatitis; risk factors; frequency rates
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Transport and communications
Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Air transportation
Cleaning work