Implementing a sharps injury reduction program at a charity hospital in India.
Workplace Health Saf 2013 Aug; 61(8):339-345
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.
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
Joshua J. Gramling, MS, BS, 1260 Mayo (MMC 807), 420 Delaware Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Workplace Health & Safety
University of Minnesota Twin Cities