alexa Needle-stick injuries in primary care in Wales
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Family Medicine & Medical Science Research

Author(s): R L Atenstaedt, S Payne, R J Roberts, I T Russell, D Russell, R T Edwards

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Background Accidental needle-stick injuries (NSIs) are a hazard for health-care workers and for the general public. Objectives To estimate the presentation rate of NSIs to general medical practices, their relation to practice characteristics, and review practice policies for managing NSIs. Method Descriptive study using logistic regression analysis. Results Annual rates of 2.73 (95% CI 2.08, 3.50) occupational NSIs per 100 clinical practice staff and 2.14 (95% CI 1.39, 3.13) non-occupational NSIs per 100 000 practice population were recorded. Stepwise logistic regressions showed that chance of a practice reporting at least one occupational NSI in previous five years was best predicted by being a single-handed practice (decreased odds). In contrast, the chance of a practice reporting at least one non-occupational NSI was best predicted by being a rural practice (increased odds). About one in five practices possessed no written policy on managing NSIs. Stepwise logistic regressions showed that the chance of a practice owning a NSI policy was best predicted by being located in an LHB area with a coastline (increased odds). Conclusion NSIs are an important public health issue in Wales. We have tried to address the lack of guidance by developing new guidelines in Wales.

This article was published in Journal of Public Health and referenced in Family Medicine & Medical Science Research

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