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Asian Journal of Biochemistry
Year: 2007  |  Volume: 2  |  Issue: 5  |  Page No.: 314 - 322

Incidence of Needlestick and Sharp Injuries Among Health Care Workers in Mauritius

A.H. Subratty and A.C. Moussa    

Abstract: A cross-sectional survey among a random sample of health care workers was carried out to assess the incidence of needlestick and sharp instrument injuries in Mauritius. A questionnaire-based survey involving qualified nurses and medical Laboratory technicians was conducted. Data was analysed using SPSS. Results showed that needle-stick injuries were the most common type of injury sustained by 72% of the nurses. The main cause of injuries was related to disposal of used needles (52.2%). As for medical technicians, cuts with sharp materials were the most commonly encountered type of injury, which occurred predominantly during preparation of slides. The results of this study confirm the need for implementation of a data collection tool and a proper framework to provide support and follow-up to those who sustain sharps injuries.

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