Needlesticks more likely during pandemic clinics

By: February 17th, 2012 Email This Post Print This Post

Healthcare workers giving lots flu shots in clinics during a pandemic are at higher risk of experiencing needlestick injuries, according to a study published in the American Journal of Infection, February 2.

“Needlestick injury surveillance during mass vaccination clinics”  looked at needlestick injuries to healthcare workers in the Denver Metropolitan region health department clinics during the H1N1 pandemic. The study found that the injury rate was 4.9 times the mean rate compared that of non-pandemic vaccination clinics from 2003 to 2009.

The study also found an increased trend in needlestick injuries with vaccination inexperience.

“These findings can be used to improve future mass vaccination clinic safety,” the study included.

Comments

David! I am your most loyal follower. Thanks for all the excellent posts.
Can you guide me to needlestick rates for medical groups?? I think our rate is low, but have nothing to compare with (apples to apples)…the statistics seem to always be hospital based, so of course we would look much better than that..know what I mean?? We are a multi-specialty and Primary Care group. 1050 ees. Thanks so much! LL

By David LaHoda on February 17th, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Lauren:

Unfortunately there is very little data on needlestick rates in non-hospital settings, which was part of the feature article for the October Medical Environment Update.

By Bruce Cunha on February 21st, 2012 at 9:20 am

Hi David

I agreem with Lauren. Hard for us to compare to hospitals. Our usages are very different. Perhaps we could get Worker Safety Center at the University of Virginia to assist in collecting sharps information for multi-specialty groups?

I know our demographics do not come close to those published for hospitals. In our system, surgical providers and assistants are the highest group for exposures.

 

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