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Blood exposure incidence rates from the North Carolina study of home care and hospice nurses.

Authors
Leiss-JK; Lyden-JT; Mathews-R; Sitzman-KL; Vanderpuije-A; Mav-D; Kendra-MA; Klein-C; Humphrey-CJ
Source
Am J Ind Med 2009 Feb; 52(2):99-104
NIOSHTIC No.
20034975
Abstract
BACKGROUND: Home care/hospice nurses may be at elevated risk of blood exposure because of the nature of their work and work environment. However, little is known about the incidence of blood exposure in this population. METHODS: A mail survey (n = 1,473) was conducted among home care/hospice nurses in North Carolina in 2006. RESULTS: The adjusted response rate was 69%. Nine percent of nurses had at least one exposure/year. Overall incidence was 27.4 (95% confidence interval: 20.2, 34.6)/100,000 visits. Nurses who had worked in home care < or =5 years had higher exposure rates than other nurses-seven times higher for needlesticks and 3.5 times higher for non-intact skin exposures. Nurses who worked part time/contract had higher exposure rates than nurses who worked full time-seven times higher for needlesticks and 1.5 times higher for non-intact skin exposures. The rates for part-time/contract nurses with < or =5 years experience were extremely high. Sensitivity analysis showed that it is unlikely that response bias had an important impact on these results. CONCLUSIONS: Approximately 150 North Carolina home care/hospice nurses are exposed to blood annually. If these results are representative of other states, then approximately 12,000 home care/hospice nurses are exposed each year nationwide. Improved prevention efforts are needed to reduce blood exposure in home care/hospice nurses.
Keywords
Occupational-hazards; Risk-factors; Injury-prevention; Statistical-analysis; Questionnaires; Medical-personnel; Needlestick-injuries; Nurses; Bloodborne-pathogens; Preventive-medicine; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Work-environment; Work-practices; Worker-health; Author Keywords: Blood; Epidemiology; Home nursing; Incidence; Surveys
Contact
Jack K. Leiss, Epidemiology Research Program, Cedar Grove Institute for Sustainable Communities, 6919 Lee Street, Mebane, NC 27302
CODEN
AJIMD8
Publication Date
20090201
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
jackl@mcmoss.org
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2009
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-008241
Issue of Publication
2
ISSN
0271-3586
Source Name
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
State
NC; UT; OH
Performing Organization
Constella Group - Durham, North Carolina
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