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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 122-126

Risk management to control needle stick injuries: Case report of Hazrate Zahra Hospital (2010-2012)

1 Health Management and Economics Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
2 Environmental Health, Hazrat Zahra Hospital, Isfahan, Iran
3 Health Management, Faculty Research of Health and Medical Science, Research Institute of Shakhes Pajouh, Isfahan, Iran

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Shirin Abbasi
PhD. Student of Health Management in Disaster, Faculty Research of Health and Medical Science, Research Institute of Shakhes Pajouh, Isfahan-8158-74351
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2347-9019.139072

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Needle stick injuries are one the most common types of injuries caused by infected sharps which threaten all staff employed at medical system. Prevention of needle stick injuries should be considered as one of the Hospital's strategic programs for authorities. The Hospital established the risk management in controlling needle stick injuries as preventive measures before injuries occurs. These measures include engineering controls, administrative controls, reviewing occupational hazards, proper corrective measures after injuries, calculation of manpower arrangement standard in high risk personnel, and improvement of work processes. This case report studies the performance of Hazrate Zahra Hospital of Isfahan during the years 2010-2012 in the field of needle stick risk management. Sampling was not performed and 71 employees injured were investigated. For reporting and collecting data, a questionnaire was used. Forms collected by the Infection Control Committee Administrator were examined and the results were analyzed using root cause analysis (RCA). The 3-year data were finally analyzed by T-test and Chi-square test using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) Software. Based on 3-year data, findings showed that there was a significant relation between employees' age and injuries. Also, there was a significant relationship between shift sequences and the number of injuries (P > 0.05). Findings showed that nurses and service personnel had the highest number of injuries with 22.5%. The results of the 3-year study show that the hospital has been able to reduce needle stick injuries by establishing strategies and have the risks under control.

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