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The Pediatric Forum |

Sharps Injuries in a Pediatric Teaching Hospital: A Shared Responsibility

Sumathi Nambiar, MD; Marie-Michèle Léger, PA-C, MPH; Nalini Singh, MD, MPH
Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2001;155(11):1277-1278. doi:10.1001/archpedi.155.11.1277.
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An estimated 800 000 percutaneous and mucocutaneous exposures to blood or at-risk biological substances occur in the United States each year.1 Limited data from pediatric institutions have shown a rate of approximately 6 per 100 employees per year.2,3

In this report, we describe the occurrence of injuries from needlestick sharps in a pediatric teaching hospital. All reported percutaneous injuries sustained by health care workers (HCW) during an 8-year period from January 1993 through December 2000 were analyzed. Injury rates before (1993-1996) and after (1997-2000) introduction of the needlestick/exposure hotline were compared.

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