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Document ID (ISN)56008
CIS number 91-1016
ISSN - Serial title 0301-0023 - Journal of the Society of Occupational Medicine
Year 1990
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Astbury C., Baxter P.J.
Title Infection risks in hospital staff from blood: hazardous injury rates and acceptance of hepatitis B immunization
Bibliographic information Autumn 1990, Vol.40, No.3, p.92-93. 6 ref.
Abstract 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.
Descriptors (primary) infectious diseases; infectious hepatitis; vaccination; hospitals; exposure evaluation
Descriptors (secondary) questionnaire survey; biological hazards; nursing personnel
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Medicine, hygiene and first aid
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Liver diseases
Viral diseases (other than aids)
Health care services
Exposure evaluation
Bacterial and parasitic diseases