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].
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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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