A point about sharps safety

Osborne, Sonya (2014) A point about sharps safety. ACORN: The Journal of Perioperative Nursing in Australia, 27 (1 - Autumn). pp. 8-9. ISSN 2209-1084


Statistics on sharps injuries are staggering. In 2005, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that worldwide more than three million health care workers experienced sharps injuries annually and those exposures resulted in over 70,000 infections with blood-borne pathogens, such as Hepatitis C (HepC), Hepatitis B (HepB) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). While the physical impact of sharps injuries is well reported in the literature, the psychological impact is often overlooked. People exposed to contaminated sharps experience anxiety, stress and symptoms of depression.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Health, Nursing and Midwifery
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2019 01:47
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2019 03:43
Uncontrolled Keywords: medical personnel; wounds and injuries; prevention; medical personnel; safety measures; awareness; industrial safety; bloodborne infections;
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/36107

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