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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