Needlestick injury and occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens are significant hazards for surgeons and nurses, attitudes about risks are changing, and the true seroconversion risk is underestimated, this study finds.
A total of 358 medical students and 247 surgery staff were surveyed, and results were compared with 2003 data to assess changes.
Needlestick injuries were reported by 38.7% of respondents. Of those sustaining injuries, 33% had at least one unreported injury.
Needlestick injury prevalence and double-glove use in medical students did not differ from 2003, and 25% of fellows said they always double glove.
Concern for contracting a bloodborne pathogen significantly decreased by 65% from 2003, and level of concern was predictive of needlestick injury.
Abstract Objective: Needlestick injury prevalence, protection practices, and attitudes were assessed. Current medical students were compared with 2003 data to assess any changes that occurred with engineered safety feature implementation. Background: Risk of occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens is elevated in the operating room particularly with surgeons in training and nurses.Read More >>