Demanding safe staffing levels to ensure quality nursing care

Effects of Hospital Staffing and Organizational Climate on Needlestick Injuries to Nurses

Exposures of health care workers to bloodborne pathogens through accidental contact with sharp instruments have been widely publicized, and the prevention and control of exposure to sharp instruments is a high-profile issue. Estimates from the University of Virginia's Exposure Prevention Information Network (EPINet) surveillance system for 1996 placed the number of the percutaneous injuries to US health workers in that year at almost 6000001 In the largest study of needlesticks to date based on nurse reports (as opposed to institutional surveillance), we reported a startlingly high rate of nearly 1 injury per nurse-year using data from a national nurse survey in 1991.

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Journal: July 2002, Vol 92, No. 7 | American Journal of Public Health

Authros: Sean P. Clarke, PhD, RN, Douglas M. Sloane, PhD, and Linda H. Aiken, PhD, RN

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