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Prevalence Of Needle-stick And Sharps Injuries Among Healthcare Workers, Najran, Saudi Arabia | 2839
ISSN: 2161-0711

Journal of Community Medicine & Health Education
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Prevalence of needle-stick and sharps injuries among healthcare workers, Najran, Saudi Arabia

2nd International Conference and Exhibition on Occupational Health & Safety

Anjum Hashmi, Samer Abu Al Reesh and Lisa Indah

AcceptedAbstracts: J Community Med Health Educ

DOI: 10.4172/2161-0711.S1.016

Abstract
Introduction: An investigation estimates that needle-stick and sharps injuries affect about 3.5 million individuals on the global level. In healthcare workers nurses and physicians appear especially at risk. Objective: To examine the epidemiology of occupational sharps injuries in healthcare workers. Materials and Methods: It is retrospective cross-sectional study was carried out among the healthcare workers of Maternity and Children?s hospitals, KSA from 1st January to 30th June 2012 with participation of 750 HCWs by Convenient Sampling Technique. Data entry and analysis was done on EPlNetTM. Results: A total 32 cases of sharps injuries occurred during the six months period. Nurses accounted 46.9%, constituting the largest group of the healthcare workers. Most frequently site of occurrence was operating/recovering room 34%. 64.5% injuries occurred ?during use of device?. In 90.6% of cases injuring item was contaminated. 59.4% injuries occurred while wearing single pair of gloves, only 21.9% with double pair of gloves. Most common site of injury was the right hand. Conclusion: There can be serious consequences of needle-stick injuries in hospitals as large proportion of injuries involves used needles and sharps if healthcare workers do not take appropriate measures of protection.
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