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Disposal-related sharps injuries at a New York City teaching hospital.
Weltman-AC; Short-LJ; Mendelson-MH; Lilienfeld-DE; Rodriguez-M
Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 1995 May; 16(5):268-274
Self reported disposal related sharps injuries at a New York City teaching hospital were characterized. The three part study included: a descriptive analysis of disposal related injuries in a 1 year period; a four to one matched case/control study of nurses injured while using sharps disposal containers; and a survey of 69 medical center employees to solicit opinions of users of sharps disposal containers. There were 361 persons who reported sharps injuries in the 1 year study period; of these, 72 injuries were classified as disposal related. People with disposal related injuries included four hospital visitors and one patient. Of the 67 disposal related injuries among hospital employees, 25 directly involved use of sharps disposal containers. Risk factors associated with disposal related sharps injuries included container height more than 4 feet above the floor, distance of less than 5 feet from the site of sharp object use to the nearest container, and not attending universal precautions inservice classes. The authors conclude that disposal of sharp objects is often associated with sharps injuries; injury prevention strategies should incorporate ergonomic factors, worker education, and appropriate container design.
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Issue of Publication
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
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