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Occupational needlestick injuries in a US airport.

Authors
Dorevitch-S; Lacey-SE; Abelmann-A; Zautcke-J
Source
J Occup Environ Med 2010 May; 52(5):551-554
NIOSHTIC No.
20037328
Abstract
Objective: To characterize needlestick injuries (NSIs) among airport workers, and to suggest preventive strategies. Methods: A retrospective chart review (2003-2008) of workers evaluated at a clinic in a large US airport that provides occupational health services. Results: Over a period of 6 years, 14 NSI cases were seen. The majority of injuries occurred while workers cleaned lavatories in the airport or on airplanes. Insulin needles were involved in most cases, and the injuries typically occurred on the hand. No cases of hepatitis B, C, or HIV seroconversion were documented, although follow-up was typically incomplete. Conclusions: The improper disposal of used insulin needles among travelers can result in potential bloodborne pathogen exposure among airport workers. Occupational NSIs have not previously been described among airport workers. A multilevel approach to prevention is recommended.
Keywords
Needlestick-injuries; Bloodborne-pathogens; Transportation-industry; Transportation-workers; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Body-fluids; Exposure-assessment
Contact
Samuel Dorevitch, MD, MPH, Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2121 West Taylor St. (MC 922) Chicago, IL 60612
CODEN
JOEMFM
Publication Date
20100501
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
sdorevit@uic.edu
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2010
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-T42-OH-008672
Issue of Publication
5
ISSN
1076-2752
Source Name
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
State
IL
Performing Organization
University of Illinois at Chicago
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