Biological exposure-related injuries in Spanish healthcare workers

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#IVTEAM #Intravenous literature: Cores Calvo, J., Muñiz Saborido, J.R. and González Iglesias, M.C. (2013) Biological exposure-related injuries in workers in a health system of the health service of Galicia, Spain. Archivos de Prevención de Riesgos Laborales. 16(4), p.164-70.

Abstract (article in Spanish):

OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to describe the factors involved in biological exposure-related injuries occurring in worker from a health system in Galicia, Spain.

METHODS: The study was conducted in a health system of the Health Service of Galicia, that included four hospitals and 72 primary care centers, with nearly 6000 workers. The study used occupational injury data available o in the injury registry of the Health Service of Galicia for the year 2011. We identified 194 biohazard-related injuries. Exposures, locations, devices, tasks and causes of these incidents were analysed.

RESULTS: The majority of biological exposures occurred through needlestick injuries (82%). The areas where more injuries occurred were in inpatient wards (37%) and operating rooms (25%). The devices most frequently involved were suture needles (15%) and insulin needles (15%). The most frequently recorded causes were lack of training and information, together with lack of biosafety devices.

CONCLUSIONS: Worker training and information should be promoted along with the implementation of biosafety devices, as the latter measure alone does not seem sufficient to reduce the number of injuries.

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