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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2017.6(1): 201-206
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2017.601.025


An Audit of Sharp Injuries at a Tertiary Care Hospital in Mumbai, India
Mrudul Randive*, Anita Ramchandran, Dilip Turbadkar and Sujata Baveja
Department of Microbiology, Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College and General Hospital, Mumbai - 400 022, India
*Corresponding author
Abstract:

Sharp injuries previously known as Needle stick injuries (NSIs) are an occupational hazard for Health care workers (HCWs) contributed by factors like work stress, inadequate experience and training. The aim of the study was to analyse the risk factors for developing sharp injuries and the subsequent measures taken. A retrospective analysis of all the Sharp injuries reported in a tertiary care centre from January 2014 to June 2015 was carried out. A total of 105 Sharp injuries were reported over 1½ years out of which maximum were students (70.4%) and in the age group of 17-24 years (55.43%). Most of the injuries (28.6%) occurred in the medicine department. 61% injuries occurred after the use of sharps on patients. Almost all (96%) were self-inflicted. 93% injuries were superficial cuts and 5% were splash. Hollow bore needles caused 82.85% sharp injuries and recapping was reported in 17% instances. Serostatus of the source was not known in 81% cases. 53% injuries were reported by HCWs with work experience of less than a year.18.1% cases had overworked on the previous day (>8hours) or in the previous week (>48hours). 16.2% of the HCWs were not vaccinated against Hepatitis B virus. 61% HCWs started the PEP within 2 hours. All the HCWs were tested for baseline status of HBsAg, HCV and HIV antibodies. Appropriate training and precautions regarding the common risk factors is essential for reducing Sharp injuries.


Keywords: Sharp injuries, Healthcare workers,Recapping.
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Mrudul Randive, Anita Ramchandran, Dilip Turbadkar and Sujata Baveja. 2017. An Audit of Sharp Injuries at a Tertiary Care Hospital in Mumbai, India.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 6(1): 201-206. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2017.601.025