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Changes in sharps injuries among healthcare workers: the effect of HR 5178 (National Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act).
Phillips-EK; Conaway-M; Parker-G; Perry-J; Jagger-J
NOIRS 2011-Abstracts of the National Occupational Injury Research Symposium, October 18-20, 2011, Morgantown, West Virginia. Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, NOIRS 2011-Abstracts, 2011 Oct; :130
Objectives: Occupational infection from contaminated sharp device injuries is the deadliest risk for healthcare workers. 1991 OSHA standards required engineering and work practice controls to minimize risk of bloodborne pathogen transmission. The 2000 Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act, H.R.5178, strengthened and specified the standards requiring employers to identify evaluate and implement safety-engineered medical devices. Did it make a difference in worker injury experience? Was there a differential impact regarding job category, department of the hospital, when or how the injury occurred? This study systematically examines the impact of the law on hospital worker sharps injuries.
Health-care; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Medical-monitoring; Medical-surveys; Medical-treatment; Occupational-hazards; Quantitative-analysis; Risk-factors; Statistical-analysis; Traumatic-injuries; Worker-health; Workplace-studies; Work-practices; Nurses; Nursing; Hospital-equipment; Models; Occupational-accidents; Occupational-exposure; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-medicine; Work-performance; Health-care-personnel; Medical-personnel; Needlestick-injuries
NOIRS 2011-Abstracts of the National Occupational Injury Research Symposium, October 18-20, 2011, Morgantown, West Virginia
University of Virginia, Charlottesville
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