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Study: Needlesticks sting non-hospital nurses, too

OSHA Healthcare Connection, January 29, 2008

Nurses working in non-hospital settings are not safer from needlestick injuries than colleagues working in hospitals, according to a study published in December 2007 Industrial Health.

Researchers from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York City found that one out of 10 registered nurses in non-hospital settings such as doctors' offices, outpatient clinics, public health clinics, nursing homes, and home care had experienced at least one needlestick injury in the previous 12 months.

More findings from the research are reported in the February issue of Medical Environment Update.

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