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Document ID (ISN)70238
CIS number 97-2059
ISSN - Serial title 0962-7480 - Occupational Medicine
Year 1997
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Burke S., Madan I.
Title Contamination incidents among doctors and midwives: Reasons for non-reporting and knowlege of risks
Bibliographic information Aug. 1997, Vol.47, No.6, p.357-360. 19 ref.
Abstract A 6-month retrospective study of 384 doctors and 293 midwives at two hospitals revealed that only 9% of doctors and 46% of midwives had reported the contamination incidents they had received. The doctors' main reason for non-reporting was that it was too time consuming; midwives felt that nothing could be done, although they were aware of the services offered by occupational health departments. 77% of doctors and 69% of midwives underestimated the risk of contracting hepatitis B virus from a needlestick injury. Strategies for improving knowledge of potential risks and methods for facilitating ease of reporting are outlined.
Descriptors (primary) notification of occupational accidents; infectious diseases; health care personnel; hospitals; risk awareness
Descriptors (secondary) United Kingdom; cohort study; questionnaire survey; infection control
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Bacterial and parasitic diseases
Notification of accidents and diseases
Health care services
Reporting of occupational accidents
Psychological factors