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Document ID (ISN)63453
CIS number 94-2106
ISSN - Serial title 0196-6553 - American Journal of Infection Control
Year 1991
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Yassi A., McGill M.
Title Determinants of blood and body fluid exposure in a large teaching hospital: Hazards of the intermittent intravenous procedure
Bibliographic information June 1991, Vol.19, No.3, p.129-135. 23 ref.
Abstract An analysis of all accidental blood and body fluid exposures reported by hospital workers over a two-year period was carried out. Of the 799 reported incidents, 82% were needlestick injuries and 18% were cutaneous or mucous membrane splashes. Groups incurring the greatest exposure were nurses and nursing students (78.8%), respiratory technologists and laboratory personnel, medical personnel and housekeeping, laundry, supply and distribution staff. The study revealed the hazardous nature of the intermittent intravenous procedure and highlighted the need for changes in the design of needles and provision of point-of-use disposal facilities.
Descriptors (primary) Canada; biological hazards; health care personnel; hospitals
Descriptors (secondary) nursing personnel; survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceCanada
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Health care services
Biological hazards