Prevalence of needle stick injury among the nursing personnel in An indian medical hospital: a cross sectional survey

Singla, Nishu and Acharya, Shashidhar and Singla, Ritesh and Singhal, Deepak (2014) Prevalence of needle stick injury among the nursing personnel in An indian medical hospital: a cross sectional survey. Journal of international academic research for multidisciplinary, 1 (12). pp. 449-459. ISSN 2320-5083

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Abstract

Objectives: 1) To determine the prevalence of needle stick injuries among the nursing personnel of KMC Hospital, Manipal, Karnataka 2) To determine the level of knowledge and perception regarding the consequences of these injuries among them. Material and Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 440 nursing personnel of KMC Hospital the self administered questionnaire on information regarding the incident of needle stick injury in the past, subjects’ level of knowledge and their risk perception regarding the consequences of these injuries were distributed among the subjects. Results: Out of a total sample of 440 nurses, 78(17.7%) nurses had experienced needle stick injury during their years of practice. In nearly half of the subjects injury occurred during recapping of the needle, 78.9% of the subjects claimed that unavailability of protective equipment can predispose a person to get a needle stick injury. Majority (90.9%) of the subjects felt that health education for universal precautions to students and health care workers can reduce the prevalence of needle stick injuries among them. Conclusion: Following universal precautions for every patient and proper safety training to health care professionals can effectively reduce the incidence of such mishaps among them.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Prevalence; Needle Stick Injury; Nursing Personnel.
Subjects: Dentistry > MCODS Manipal > Preventive and Community Dentistry
Dentistry > MCODS Manipal > Orthodontics
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2014 07:32
Last Modified: 16 Jan 2014 07:32
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/138403

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