ASSESSMENT OF NEEDLESTICK AND SHARP INJURIES AMONG THE HOSPITAL STAFF

1- DR. DOST MUHAMMAD, NISHTAR MEDICAL COLLEGE MULTAN
2- DR. PARAS JAVED, THQ HOSPITAL KABIRWALA
3- DR. NAIMA GUL, BENAZIR BHUTTO HOSPITAL RAWALPINDI

Corresponding Author: Dr. Dost Muhammad, Nishtar Medical College Multan, dost5657@yahoo.com
DOI: http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3956907
Cite this article as: Muhammad D, Javed P, Gul N, Assessment of needlestick and sharp injuries among the hospital staff, Int. J. Med. Dent. Allied Health Sci. 2020;2(7). 184-92

ABSTRACT: Needle stick and Sharp injuries are a piercing body trauma caused by a sharp medical equipment that was used to screen, diagnose, treat or follow a patient’s disease conditions. Needlestick injuries are a hazard for people who work with hypodermic syringes and other needle equipment.  This cross-sectional study was conducted in different hospitals of Punjab. Two hundred and thirty health staff workers including house officers, postgraduate residents, medical officers, nurses, technicians, and janitorial staff was included in this study. All these persons were given a predefined proforma and responses were collected. One hundred and eighty persons returned the proforma. The mean age of the respondents was 28.45±3.45 years, the mean age of males was 30.34±2.47 and the mean age of females was 27.98±1.20 years. Ninety-five (52.77%) respondents were injured during their duties and 85 (47.23%) were not injured.

Keywords: Needlestick Injuries, Health staff, Sharp Injuries