Needlestick injuries among nurses in Italy
Background: Needle stick injuries (NSI) are a frequent problem among the medical and nurse population: NIS can cause blood exposure pathologies like HCV or HIV. Aim of this study is to determinate an incidence rate and causes of NSI.
Methods: A search was conducted on the main international databases, only studies conducted in Italian nurse are considered.
Results: The incidence rate of NSI varies from 2.2 to 10.77 per 100 nurses per year. The major causes can be traced back to a large night shift, working in the operating block and in the medical departments, and the failure to use adequate devices.
Conclusions: It is important to work on training, on the use of safety devices and on a better night shift.
Brusini A. Needle stick injuries among nurses in Italy: a review. G Ital Med Lav Ergon. 2022 Sep;44(3):391-396. PMID: 36622828.