|Document ID (ISN)||111015|
|ISSN - Serial title
||1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
|Convention or series no.
||Dorevitch S., Lacey S.E., Abelmann A., Zautcke J.
||Occupational needlestick injuries in a US airport
||May 2010, Vol.52, No.5, p.551-554. 31 ref.
||Occupational_needlestick_injuries.pdf [in English]
||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.
||aircraft; airports; needle-stick injuries; domestic and related helpers, cleaners; occupational accidents; biological hazards
||USA; insulin; immunodeficiency syndrome; infectious hepatitis; risk factors; frequency rates
||D - Periodical articles
||Transport and communications
Commerce, services, offices
|Broad subject area(s)