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Study points out the demographics of needlesticks

OSHA Healthcare Connection, August 5, 2008

Among healthcare workers, if you are a woman; white, non-Hispanic; between the ages 35 to 44 years; and a registered nurse, you are in the most frequent demographic and occupational category for a needlestick, according to an August 8 article in American Journal of Infection Control.

Conducted by the Center for Healthcare Policy and Research and Department of Public Health Sciences, University of California, Davis, the study examined Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data on needlestick injuries requiring one or more days of lost work time from 1992 to 2003.

Women comprised 73.3% of persons injured by needlesticks in the BLS data.

 

 

 

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