|Document ID (ISN)||56008|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0301-0023 - Journal of the Society of Occupational Medicine
|Convention or series no.
||Astbury C., Baxter P.J.
||Infection risks in hospital staff from blood: hazardous injury rates and acceptance of hepatitis B immunization
||Autumn 1990, Vol.40, No.3, p.92-93. 6 ref.
||A questionnaire survey of 1800 clinical health care staff was undertaken to determine hazardous injury rates and uptake of hepatitis B vaccination. The overall sharps injury rate was 116 injuries per 100 staff per year. Full-time doctors had the highest rates. Surgical procedures were the commonest cause of accidental injury (58 per cent) and 30 per cent of all sharps injuries were attributable to careless handling. Injuries caused by bites and scratches from patients occurred mainly in nurses in psychiatric and geriatric wards (115/100 staff per year). Twenty-four per cent of respondents had received a full course of hepatitis B vaccine and 51 per cent of the remainder were planning to have it. This survey reveals injury rates higher than those observed in previous reports, particularly in doctors, and shows a need for more information and advice about hepatitis B infection and vaccination to be targeted to health care workers at risk.
||infectious diseases; infectious hepatitis; vaccination; hospitals; exposure evaluation
||questionnaire survey; biological hazards; nursing personnel
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||United Kingdom|
||Medicine, hygiene and first aid
|Broad subject area(s)
Viral diseases (other than aids)
Health care services
Bacterial and parasitic diseases