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Document ID (ISN)74718
CIS number 00-548
Year 1999
Convention or series no. DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No.2000-108
Title Preventing needlestick injuries in health care settings
Bibliographic information Publications Dissemination, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), 4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45226-1998, USA, Nov. 1999. 23p. Illus. 77 ref.
Abstract This booklet is addressed to employers and workers in health care establishments. Health care workers exposed to needles are at an increased risk of needlestick injuries. Such injuries can lead to serious (even fatal) infections with bloodborne pathogens, such as hepatitis B and C viruses and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Case studies of needlestick injuries are presented. The brochure advises avoiding the unnecessary use of needles, using needleless and safer needle devices, and promoting education and safe work practices. It also presents intervention strategies for reducing the risks.
Descriptors (primary) USA; biological hazards; health care personnel; needle-stick injuries
Descriptors (secondary) case study; infectious hepatitis; risk awareness; safety guides; infection control; safe working methods; data sheet; immunodeficiency syndrome
Document type F - Information notes, codes of practice, standards
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Viral diseases (other than aids)
Health care services
Biological hazards
Bacterial and parasitic diseases