Incidence of needlestick injuries and non-reporting rates among first-aid responders

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Intravenous literature: Wu, F.F., Wu, M.W., Chou, Y.H., Ting, M.H. and Siebers, R. (2012) Incidence of percutaneous injuries and non-reporting rates among first-aid responders in taiwan. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. 9(9), p.535-7.

Abstract:

We determined the incidence of percutaneous (needlestick and sharps) injuries among emergency medical technicians (EMTs) in one county in Taiwan, compared this with the official reporting rate, and sought reasons for non-reporting. An anonymous questionnaire was distributed to all EMTs in that county, eliciting percutaneous injuries occurrences, reasons why, and reporting data. Data were analyzed by logistic regression. A total of 329 out of 353 EMTs completed the questionnaire, giving a response rate of 93.2%. Thirty-nine EMTs (11.9%) experienced at least one percutaneous injury in the preceding 12 months. Older, less experienced EMTs were at greater risk of percutaneous injuries. None of the EMTs officially reported their percutaneous injuries primarily because they thought reporting was not mandatory and that the reporting process was too complicated. About one in eight EMTs had experienced at least one percutaneous injury in the preceding year. None of these injuries was officially reported to their organization. Ways to make reporting more user friendly are required, along with resources to minimize percutaneous injuries among EMTs in Taiwan.

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