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An Evaluation of Percutaneous Injuries of Healthcare Personnel: An Eigth-Year Data Analysis (p. 231-4)

An Evaluation of Percutaneous Injuries of Healthcare Personnel: An Eigth-Year Data Analysis (p. 231-4)

Fatma Aydın1, Elif Kaplan Cantürk1, Çiğdem Kuzucu2, Nalan Parmaksız1, Tülay Çelik1, Funda Yetkin3, Yasemin Ersoy3
1İnönü University, Faculty of Medicine, Infection Control Committee, Malatya, Turkey
2İnönü University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Microbiology, Malatya, Turkey
3İnönü University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology, Malatya, Turkey

Objective: The sharp object injuries constitute an important problem for the healthcare staff. The aim of this study is to retrospectively evaluate percutaneous injuries in Inönü University, Faculty of Medicine in the last eight years.
Materials and Methods: Percutaneous injuries that occurred in our hospital between 2006 and 2013 were evaluated respectively.
Results: 144 percutaneous injuries recorded during the last eight years were included in the study. The rates of exposure were found to be 44% (63) for cleaning personnel, 17% (25) for nurses, 12% (17) for medical students, 12% (17) ancillary staff and caregivers, 6% (9) for apprentice nurses, 5% (7) for technicians, and 4% (6) for doctors. The number of percutaneous injuries were found to be 126 (87%) for needle stick injuries, 11 (8%) for lancet injuries and 7 (5%) for mucosal (eye) contacts. We have observed a significant decrease in the total injuries and injured cleaning personnel, ancillary staff, and nurses (p0.001).
Conclusions: Throughout 8 years, percutaneous injuries were significantly reduced among healthcare staff. We plan to provide continuous education for healthcare personnel and follow up feedback in our hospital.
Keywords: Sharp Injurious; Health Worker; Needle Stick Injurious.


doi: 10.7247/jtomc.2015.2966



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