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Needlestick injuries

This site will gather together information about needlestick injuries, particularly about how they impact on healthcare professionals. This is a difficult area with diverse aspects and consequently diverse studies and study architectures. These are not always easy to find. We would like readers who are aware of good source of evidence, or good website, to let Bandolier know by email. Internet sites we like are given at the links below. The US sites are often particulartly strong. In the UK Scotland's site is good, but try and work out how they think that 2,500 needlesticks a year cost only £250,000.

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You can get a PDF essay on needlestick injuries that draws this all together.

Studies done in the UK

Hepatitis C exposure management in the UK Sharps policies in UK general practice Hepatitis B immunisation and hospital doctors Needlestick injuries in UK health care workers Needlestick injuries in UK health care workers 2 Needlestick in UK anaesthetists Attitude of UK nurses to needlestick injury

Reviews

General Accounting Office review of needlestick prevention in the USA Interventions to prevent needlestick injuries (systematic review) AMA and needlestick prevention

Prevalence or incidence studies in healthcare workers

Annual percutaneous injury figures for the USA EPINet 2001 Medical students and sharps or needlestick injuries Needlestick injuries in Italy Needlestick injuries in emergency medicine trainees Needlestick injuries in house officers Needlestick injuries in house officers in Singapore Needlestick injuries in UK health care workers Needlestick injuries in UK health care workers 2 Needlesticks in medical students in India Needlestick and risk in Taiwan Needlestick and risk in Uganda Needlestick and sharps injuries in Saudi Arabia Needlestick injuries in Saudi Arabia Needlestick in UK anaesthetists Needlestick injuries in South African interns Nurse perceptions and practice in Australia Occupational exposure in junior medical staff in New York Operating room injuries to staff Occupational exposure and hepatitis C Occupational exposure in Virginia Occupational exposure to HIV in Tanzania Prevalence of HCV in healthcare workers Risk of exposure by job and work area

Prevalence or incidence studies in other groups

Body piercing - prevalence and risks Needlesticks in police officers Medical waste on the UK coastline Hepatitis C prevalence in a UK haemodialysis unit Hepatitis C transmission in injecting drug users

Prevention studies

Comprehensive programme reduces needlestick injuries CDC Study on needlestick prevention during phlebotomy Education and needlesticks in India Haemodialysis and guarded fistula needles Intravenous cannula safety device Multifocused interventions to reduce sharps injuries Needlesticks and sharps containers Needlestick safety in a hospital Universal precautions and percutaneous exposure RCT of preventive needlestick devices Sharps containers reduce injuries Training to prevent occupational exposure: China

Post-exposure prophylaxis and transmission

Needlestick and risk in Taiwan Needlestick and hepatitis C transmission Occupational exposure and antiretroviral prophylaxis Lifetime risk of occupational viral infection HIV seroconversion after needlestick injury

Dental practice

Introducing safety syringes in a dental school Occupational exposure in dental teaching Adherence to infection control in dentistry Occupational risk to dental anaesthetists

Management and policy

Hands free technique and operating theatre injuries Needlesticks, nurses, and organisation 1 Needlesticks, nurses, and organisation 2 Willingness to pay and sharps injury Hepatitis C exposure management in the UK Sharps policies in UK general practice Hepatitis B immunisation and hospital doctors Older people have less response to recombinant hepatitis B vaccine

Links

Occupational Safety and Health administraion needlestick information American Nurses Association position statement Centres for disease control and prevention needlestick pages University of Virginia and EPINet Premier safety Institute has lots of information on sharps injury preventions when searching using needlestick Medical Devices Agency words NHS Scotland: Sharpen your awareness