Healthcare workers (HCWs) are exposed to biological hazards on a daily basis. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the risks of infection after occupational exposure to blood or body fluids among HCWs operating in the period 2013-2014, in a university hospital of Southern Italy. The frequency of accidents during the 2-year period was always lower than 5%. In 2013, 103 cases occurred; in 2014, the number of injuries had significantly decreased (n = 60). In 2013, an anti-hepatitis B surface antigen protective titer was only found in 70% of cases; in 2014, the subjects with a positive titer rose to 82%. No HCWs showed seroconversion to the main blood-borne pathogens. The implementation of strict prevention measures after the accidents reported in 2013 allowed the significant reduction of the number of injuries in 2014.

Incidence of sharp and needle-stick injuries and mucocutaneous blood exposure among healthcare workers

Rapisarda V.
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Loreto C.;Ragusa R.;Ledda C.
Ultimo
2019

Abstract

Healthcare workers (HCWs) are exposed to biological hazards on a daily basis. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the risks of infection after occupational exposure to blood or body fluids among HCWs operating in the period 2013-2014, in a university hospital of Southern Italy. The frequency of accidents during the 2-year period was always lower than 5%. In 2013, 103 cases occurred; in 2014, the number of injuries had significantly decreased (n = 60). In 2013, an anti-hepatitis B surface antigen protective titer was only found in 70% of cases; in 2014, the subjects with a positive titer rose to 82%. No HCWs showed seroconversion to the main blood-borne pathogens. The implementation of strict prevention measures after the accidents reported in 2013 allowed the significant reduction of the number of injuries in 2014.
equipment; precaution; prevention; risk; safety; Blood-Borne Pathogens; Health Personnel; Hospitals, University; Humans; Incidence; Italy; Needlestick Injuries; Occupational Exposure
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