Needle-Stick Epidemiology in Navy Health Care Workers Based on INJTRAK Reports (2001–2002)
Authors: Bohnker, Bruce K.; Bowman, Wendi; Bohnker, Bruce K.
Source: Military Medicine, Volume 170, Number 12, December 2005 , pp. 1034-1036(3)
Abstract:We provide a descriptive epidemiological analysis of needle-stick injuries in Navy medical personnel from the Naval Safety Center database (INJTRAK) for a 1-year period (October 2001 through September 2002). The reports of needle sticks were reviewed on the basis of the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Injury and Illness Classification system for exposure code 3431 (N = 265). Most of the reported needle sticks occurred in men (60.8%) and were from personnel <30 years of age (73.8%). Hospital corpsmen represented the most common work group (57%). Fingers were the most commonly reported anatomical location (77%) for needle sticks. The information suggests several focus areas for reducing needle-stick injuries and improving training. The analysis also reinforces the importance of timely and accurate reporting of injuries related to medical apparatus to the Naval Safety Center.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: December 2005
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