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Document ID (ISN)112473
CIS number 12-0319
ISSN - Serial title 0962-7480 - Occupational Medicine
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Adams S., Stojkovic S.G., Leveson S.H.
Title Needlestick injuries during surgical procedures: A multidisciplinary online study
Bibliographic information Mar. 2010, Vol.60, No.2, p.139-144. Illus. 30 ref.
Internet access Needlestick_injuries_[INTERNET_FREE_ACCESS] [in English]
Abstract Needlestick injuries are common during surgical procedures. Following such an injury, local protocols should be followed to minimize the risk of infection. The objective of this study was to identify who sustains such injuries, under what circumstances and what actions are taken to minimize the risk. A questionnaire was submitted via e-mail to all 255 staff of a hospital in the United Kingdom who took part in operations (response rate 53%). The results were checked against occupational health department records. It was found that non-compliance with injury protocols was commonest among senior surgical staff. A revision of the protocol to reduce the time it takes to complete it may improve compliance.
Descriptors (primary) United Kingdom; operating theatres; needle-stick injuries; hospitals; risk factors; frequency rates
Descriptors (secondary) safety consciousness; questionnaire survey; safe working methods; disobeying safety instructions
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Biological hazards
Health care services