Needlestick injuries among nursing staff: Association with shift-level staffing

Source: Patricia A. Patrician, Erica Pryor, Moshe Fridman, Lori Loan, American Journal of Infection Control Vol. 39, Issue 6, August 2011
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From the abstract:
Despite the advent of safety measures to protect the health care workforce from contracting blood-borne diseases, nurses still sustain percutaneous injuries. We investigated the association between shift-level staffing and needlestick injuries….There was no difference in rate by unit type. Factors associated with needlestick occurrences on shifts were lower RN skill mix, a lower percentage of experienced staff, and fewer nursing care hours per patient per shift. Needlestick injuries continue to occur. An organizational culture of safety should emphasize the need for adequate staffing on every shift and extra vigilance during periods of high workload.

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