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Prevalence of Needlestick Injuries and other High Risk Exposures Among Healthcare Workers in Jamaica

Needlestick injuries (47%) and other high risk exposures (31%) among physicians and nurses were high in two hospitals in Jamaica. Reporting and post-exposure management were inadequate. A comprehensive programme to decrease these occupational hazards and regular surveillance are needed.


Objective: To assess the prevalence of needlestick injuries (NSIs) and other high risk exposures among healthcare workers at two hospitals in Jamaica.

Methods: Employing a cross-sectional study design, medical personnel (physicians, nurses) at two hospitals in Jamaica, were studied, utilizing a structured questionnaire consisting of 14 items to collect data on needle stick injuries and other injuries.

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e-Published: 02 Oct, 2013
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