Outcome of needlestick injuries in developing countries



Sabermoghaddam, M., Sarbaz, M., Lashkardoost, H., Kaviani, A., Eslami, S. and Rezazadeh, J. (2015) Incidence of occupational exposure to blood and body fluids and measures taken by health care workers before and after exposure in regional hospitals of a developing country: A multicenter study. American Journal of Infection Control. July 6th. [epub ahead of print].


This cross-sectional study was conducted on 371 health care workers working in government hospitals in the Northern Khorasan province of Iran. Exposure to sharp objects was 44% and 31% of participants had a history of being in contact with blood or body fluids of patients. Among health care workers who had needlestick injuries, 82 had a positive hepatitis B surface antibody titer measured after injury.

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