Needlestick injury: Evaluation of bloodborne pathogen exposures at an urban hospital

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Intravenous literature: Karmon, S.L., Mehta, S.A., Brehm, A., Dzurenko, J. and Phillips, M. (2013) Evaluation of bloodborne pathogen exposures at an urban hospital. AJIC: American Journal of Infection Control. 41(2), p.185-186.

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“Health care workers (HCWs) are at risk for exposure to blood- borne pathogens, including HIV, hepatitis B virus, and hepatitis C virus.1 Although several studies have attempted to describe this risk, those studies relied primarily on incident reports and employee health records,2-5 which are known to miss unreported exposures and to contain limited data. We conducted a survey of our nursing staff to better assess the incidence and causes of blood and body fluid exposures, rates of follow-up according to institutional protocol, and perceived barriers to follow-up.”

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