How to improve the reporting of needlestick injury

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Although risk reduction strategies have been implemented throughout the world, underreporting of percutaneous exposure incidents (PEIs) is common among exposed health care workers” Fritzsche et al (2016).

Abstract:

Although risk reduction strategies have been implemented throughout the world, underreporting of percutaneous exposure incidents (PEIs) is common among exposed health care workers. The aim of this study was to determine the incidence rate of reported PEIs before and after implementation of an intensified reporting management policy. The introduction of an intensified reporting system led to significantly increased reporting after a PEI has occurred. However, continuous education needs to be provided to improve awareness.

Reference:

Fritzsche, C., Heine, M., Loebermann, M., Klammt, S., Podbielski, A., Mittlmeier, T. and Reisinger, E.C. (2016) Reducing the underreporting of percutaneous exposure incidents: A single-center experience. American Journal of Infection Control. April 25th. [Epub ahead of print].

doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2016.02.003.

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