Needle-stick injuries in the National Health Service: a culture of silence.

  title={Needle-stick injuries in the National Health Service: a culture of silence.},
  author={B Elmiyeh and Iain Stuart Whitaker and Michael J James and C Anwar Ahmed Chahal and A Galea and Khalid Alshafi},
  journal={Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine},
  volume={97 7},
Injury by contaminated sharp instruments and needles constitutes a major occupational hazard for healthcare workers. In a confidential survey at a district general hospital, 300 healthcare professionals were asked about their personal experience of needle-stick injury and their attitudes to reporting. 279 individuals responded, of whom 38% had experienced at least one needle-stick (mean 1.8) in the past year and 74% had sustained such an injury during their careers (mean 3.0). Although 80% of… CONTINUE READING

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