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Nurses fear needlesticks as top safety concern

OSHA Healthcare Connection, July 29, 2008

When it comes to safety concerns for their profession, nurses rate the risk of contracting life-threatening infections from needlesticks as the most troubling.

Sixty-four percent of nurses have been stuck with a needle while on the job, according to 2008 Workplace Safety and Needlestick Injuries, a survey co-sponsored by the American Nurses Association and Inviro Medical Devices. Of the needlesticks reported, 75% have involved a contaminated needle, and 35% of nurses have sustained two or more contaminated needlesticks in their careers.

A detailed report on the survey is in the August Medical Environment Update. It includes an excerpt from the "Needlestick Prevention Training Video" on knowing when needlesticks occur.

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