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Sharps injuries and bloodborne pathogen exposures in home health care.

Authors
Chalupka-SM; Markkanen-P; Galligan-C; Quinn-M
Source
AAOHN J 2008 Jan; 56(1):15-29
NIOSHTIC No.
20033454
Abstract
Home health care is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States. Approximately 20,000 provider agencies deliver home health care services to 7.6 million individuals with acute illness, long-term health conditions, permanent disability, or terminal illness. The home health care setting poses many challenges that likely increase the risk of sharps injuries. Home health nurses face unique challenges in preventing and reporting sharps injuries in the home. This article examines the nature of and risk factors for sharps injuries in the home health care setting, the scope of the problem, the legislative and regulatory framework relevant to sharps injuries, and the role of occupational health nurses in promoting a culture of safety to prevent sharps injuries and bloodborne pathogen exposures.
Keywords
Occupational-health; Health-surveys; Work-environment; Work-performance; Work-analysis; Sanitation; Needlestick-injuries; Health-care-personnel; Health-hazards; Health-protection; Medical-personnel; Medical-services
Contact
Department of Nursing, School of Health and Environment, University of Massachusetts Lowell
CODEN
AAJOEP
Publication Date
20080101
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2008
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-008229
Issue of Publication
1
ISSN
0891-0162
Priority Area
Healthcare and Social Assistance
Source Name
AAOHN Journal - American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Journal
State
MA
Performing Organization
University of Massachusetts - Lowell
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