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Understanding the hospital sharps injury reporting pathway.

Authors
Boden-LI; Petrofsky-YV; Hopcia-K; Wagner-GR; Hashimoto-D
Source
Am J Ind Med 2015 Mar; 58(3):282-289
NIOSHTIC No.
20045181
Abstract
Background: Patient-care workers are frequently exposed to sharps injuries, which can involve the risk of serious illness. Underreporting of these injuries can compromise prevention efforts. Methods: We linked survey responses of 1,572 non-physician patient-care workers with the Occupational Health Services (OHS) database at two academic hospitals. We determined whether survey respondents who said they had sharps injuries indicated that they had reported them and whether reported injuries were recorded in the OHS database. Results: Respondents said that they reported 62 of 78 sharps injuries occurring over a 12-month period. Only 28 appeared in the OHS data. Safety practices were positively associated with respondents' saying they reported sharps injuries but not with whether reported injuries appeared in the OHS data. Conclusions: Administrators should consider creating reporting mechanisms that are simpler and more direct. Administrators and researchers should attempt to understand how incidents might be lost before they are recorded.
Keywords
Health-care-personnel; Medical-personnel; Medical-facilities; Nurses; Needlestick-injuries; Risk-factors; Injuries; Safety-practices; Total-Worker-Health; Author Keywords: surveillance; occupational injuries; sharps injuries; hospital incident reporting; underreporting
Contact
Dr. Leslie I. Boden, PhD, Boston University School of Public Health, 715 Albany Street, T-444W, Boston, MA 02118
CODEN
AJIMD8
Publication Date
20150301
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
lboden@bu.edu
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement; Grant
Fiscal Year
2015
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U19-OH-008861; Grant-Number-T42-OH-008416; M102014
Issue of Publication
3
ISSN
0271-3586
NIOSH Division
OD
Source Name
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
State
MA; CA; IL; DC
Performing Organization
Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts
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