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The prevalence and causes of needle stick injuries among the primary health care workers of Bahar city, Hamadan Province

Author(s): AR Moradi | E. Mostafavi | A. Moradi

Journal: Iran Occupational Health
ISSN 1735-5133

Volume: 7;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 39;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: Needle stick injury | occupational injuries | health care workers | Baha city | Hamadan

Background and aimsDue to occupational exposures, primary health care workers are more at risk of blood- borne infections such as AIDS, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. This study was conducted to determine the frequency of occupational injuries and its related factors among the primary health care workers in Bahar city.MethodsIn this cross-sectional study, conducted in 2007, 182 primary health care workers of Bahar city participated. Data were collected using a questionnaire and SPSS software, Chi square and Logistic regression tests were applied for data analysis.ResultsThe prevalence of occupational injuries among the participants was 57.7%. The highest exposure rate was associated with injection needles (84.8%) and the most frequent process leading to an injury was recapping (28.6%). The most prevalent occupational injuries were observed among lab experts (91.6%) and nurses (71.4%) (P
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