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Sharps injuries and bloodborne pathogen exposures in home health care.
Chalupka SM; Markkanen P; Galligan C; Quinn M
AAOHN J 2008 Jan; 56(1):15-29
Home health care is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States. Approximately 20,000 provider agencies deliver home health care services to 7.6 million individuals with acute illness, long-term health conditions, permanent disability, or terminal illness. The home health care setting poses many challenges that likely increase the risk of sharps injuries. Home health nurses face unique challenges in preventing and reporting sharps injuries in the home. This article examines the nature of and risk factors for sharps injuries in the home health care setting, the scope of the problem, the legislative and regulatory framework relevant to sharps injuries, and the role of occupational health nurses in promoting a culture of safety to prevent sharps injuries and bloodborne pathogen exposures.
Occupational-health; Health-surveys; Work-environment; Work-performance; Work-analysis; Sanitation; Needlestick-injuries; Health-care-personnel; Health-hazards; Health-protection; Medical-personnel; Medical-services
Department of Nursing, School of Health and Environment, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Issue of Publication
Healthcare and Social Assistance
AAOHN Journal - American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Journal
University of Massachusetts - Lowell
Page last reviewed: March 3, 2021
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division