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Part-time healthcare workers face full-time needlestick hazards

OSHA Healthcare Connection, February 12, 2008

Researchers from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) report that part-time, temporary, or contract workers, including those who work in healthcare, are at a higher risk of occupational injuries and illnesses than full-time workers.

One piece of evidence cited by the NIOSH research was the rate of needlestick injuries among temporary nurses caring for AIDS patients in 11 U.S. healthcare facilities. The risk of needlesticks for those workers was 1.65 times higher than the rate for staff nurses in the same work setting.

The report on the research appeared in the January 30 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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