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Implementing a sharps injury reduction program at a charity hospital in India.

Authors
Gramling-JJ; Nachreiner-N
Source
Workplace Health Saf 2013 Aug; 61(8):339-345
NIOSHTIC No.
20043059
Abstract
Health care workers in India are at high risk of developing bloodborne infections from needlestick injuries. Indian hospitals often do not have the resources to invest in safety devices and protective equipment to decrease this risk. In collaboration with hospital staff, the primary author implemented a sharps injury prevention and biomedical waste program at an urban 60-bed charity hospital in northern India. The program aligned with hospital organizational objectives and was designed to be low-cost and sustainable. Occupational health nurses working in international settings or with international workers should be aware of employee and employer knowledge and commitment to occupational health and safety.
Keywords
Health-care; Health-care-facilities; Health-care-personnel; Needlestick-injuries; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Medical-equipment; Work-practices; Work-organization; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Disease-prevention; Disease-transmission; Disease-control; Bloodborne-pathogens; Hazardous-materials; Waste-disposal; Waste-disposal-systems; Employee-exposure
Contact
Joshua J. Gramling, MS, BS, 1260 Mayo (MMC 807), 420 Delaware Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Publication Date
20130801
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
gram0066@umn.edu
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2013
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-T42-OH-008434; M082013
Issue of Publication
8
ISSN
2165-0799
Source Name
Workplace Health & Safety
State
MN
Performing Organization
University of Minnesota Twin Cities
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