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Korean J Occup Environ Med. 2011 Dec;23(4):371-378. Korean. Multicenter Study.
Yun YH , Chung YK , Jeong JS , Jeong IS , Park ES , Yoon SW , Jin HY , Park JH , Han SH , Choi JH , Choi HR , Han MK , Choi SI .
Occupational Safety & Health Research Institute, Korea Occupational Safety and Health Agency (KOSHA), Korea.
Department of Clinical Nursing, University of Ulsan, Korea.
College of Nursing, Pusan National University, Korea.
Infection Control Office, Severance Hospital, Korea.
Infection Control Office, Samsung Medical Center, Korea.
Infection Control Office, Ajou University Hospital, Korea.
Department of Nursing, Woosuk University, Korea.
Infection Control Office, Dankuk University Hospital, Korea.
Infection Control Office, Kunkuk University Hospital, Korea.
Infection Control Office, Asan Medical Center, Korea.
Keimyung University Dongsan Medical Center, Korea.

OBJECTIVES: Based on multicenter research among tertiary hospitals in Korea, it was our intention to effectively contribute to the prevention of needlestick injuries by understanding the current state of the incidence rate of needlestick injuries and the related epidemiology with respect to medical institution and worker's characteristics. METHODS: Ten hospitals were selected, with the research performed from July to September 2007. Data on cases of needlestick injuries were collected by hospital infection-controlling centers using a specifically developed website and a partially modified self-writing questionnaire based on the Exposure Prevention Information Network (EPINet). RESULTS: During the study period, a total of 327 needlestick injury cases were reported, with an incidence of 10.56 cases per 100 patient beds per year. The existence of source of infection could not be confirmed in one third of the needlestick injuries. There were 4.07 incidences per 100 employees per year. The job with the highest incidence was medical doctor interns (18.66 cases), followed by clinical laboratory workers (7.12 cases) and registered nurses (6.66 cases). CONCLUSIONS: There was no difference in number of incidences according to the number of beds. The highest number of cases occurred in the registered nurse-group, but the incidence rate per healthcare worker was the highest in the medical doctor intern-group. Therefore, it is important to conduct research to identify the risk of the incidence with respect to different risk-groups. As a result of this research, it is suggest that a protective policy is required relating to needlestick injuries, regardless of the number of beds and potential cause of infection.

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