Author(s): Peng Bi, Tully PJ, Boss K, Hiller JE
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Abstract To examine sharps injury and body fluid exposure among health care workers, a descriptive epidemiological study was conducted in a 1000-bed tertiary hospital between 2000 and 2003 using surveillance data of all reported sharps injuries and body fluid exposures. A total of 640 sharps injuries and body fluid exposures were reported from hospital and nonhospital staff, although no seroconversions to HIV, hepatitis B virus, or hepatitis C virus were observed during the study period. Nurses reported 47\% of sharps injuries and 68\% of body fluid exposures, medical staff reported 38\% and 16\%, and other nonmedical staff notified 5\% and 4\%, respectively, while nonhospital staff reported the rest. Hollow-bore needles accounted for 56\% of sharps injuries, while 11\% of the incidents were sustained during recapping and inappropriate disposal. Further research into Australian work practices, disposal systems, education strategies, and the use of safety sharps should be emphasized to implement strategies to reduce work-related injuries among health care workers.
This article was published in Asia Pac J Public Health
and referenced in Epidemiology: Open Access