ISSN 1301-143X | E-ISSN 1309-1484
Original Article
Prevalence of Sharp Injuries and Associated Factors Among Healthcare Workers in a State Hospital
1 Gülhane Eğitim ve Araştırma Hastanesi, İnfeksiyon Hastalıkları ve Klinik Mikrobiyoloji Kliniği, Ankara, Türkiye  
2 Şişli Hamidiye Etfal Eğitim ve Araştırma Hastanesi, Gümüşsuyu Binası, İnfeksiyon Hastalıkları ve Klinik Mikrobiyoloji Kliniği, İstanbul, Türkiye  
3 İzmir Bozyaka Eğitim ve Araştırma Hastanesi, İnfeksiyon Hastalıkları ve Klinik Mikrobiyoloji Kliniği, İzmir, Türkiye  
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DOI: 10.5152/kd.2018.23
Key Words: Health personnel, occupational injuries, sharp injuries, risk factors.


Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate the incidence of sharp injuries (SI) in our hospital, types of injuries, associated risk factors, and related knowledge and attitudes of personnel.

Methods: This study was designed as a survey study applied between June 1 and June 15, 2016. Face-to-face interviews were performed using a questionnaire prepared by the researchers. The questionnaire included 21 questions related to sociodemographic data, viral serology outcomes, and occupational injuries. Study data were transferred to IBM SPSS Statistics for Windows. Version 22.0 (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences, IBM Corp., Armonk, NY, USA) statistical software, and a p<0.05 value was considered statistically significant.

Results: A total of 97 healthcare personnel participated in the study and the participation rate in the study was calculated as 64.67%. Of the participants, 67 (69.1%) were women; the mean age was 39.4±5.07 years; and the mean period of service was 17.6±6.48 years. The rate of participants experiencing SI was 53.6%, and it was observed that 86.1% of 108 injuries were due to injectors. The most commonly preferred attitudes were washing the wound and having tests for possible contaminants. The rate of SI notification was 68%. Of the personnel, 78.4% stated that they had received training for occupational injuries. Of the participants, 62.9% knew their anti-HBs outcomes. When the factors associated with experiencing SI within the last 2 years were evaluated, significant differences were found between age (p=0.036) and SI training.

Conclusions: The lack of the staff’s up-to-date knowledge needs to be resolved quickly, and necessary measures must be taken to transform information into practice.

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