Epidemiology of accidental needle-puncture wounds in hospital workers.

  title={Epidemiology of accidental needle-puncture wounds in hospital workers.},
  author={Frederick L Ruben and Carita Nord{\'e}n and K Rockwell and E Hruska},
  journal={The American journal of the medical sciences},
  volume={286 1},
All employees, including physicians, of a 450 bed hospital were monitored for puncture wounds from contaminated needles over a four-year period. Five hundred seventy-nine incidents were reported. Nurses were involved in 66% of instances, housekeeping 16%, laboratory workers 10%, physicians 4% and x-ray technicians 4%. Many puncture wounds were avoidable, suggesting the need for ongoing employee education. In 67% of the injuries blood from the patient in whom the needle had been used was tested… CONTINUE READING

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