Annual incidence of needlestick injuries linked to immunizing pharmacists


Intravenous literature: de Perio, M.A. (2012) Needlestick Injuries among Employees at a Nationwide Retail Pharmacy Chain, 2000–2011. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. 33(11), p.1156-1158.


We reviewed a nationwide retail pharmacy chain’s centralized needlestick injury reports. From 2000 to 2011, 33 needlestick injuries were reported by 31 different pharmacy locations and were likely preventable. The annual incidence of needlestick injuries ranged from 0 to 3.62 per 100,000 vaccinations and ranged from 0 to 5.65 per 1,000 immunizing pharmacists.

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