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Needlestick and Sharps Injuries among Australian medical students.

J UOEH. 2005 Sep 1;27(3):237-42.
Needlestick and Sharps Injuries among Australian medical students.
‘Smith DR, Leggat PA.
Department of Hazard Assessment, National Institute of Industrial Health, Kawasaki 214-8585, Japan.’

We investigated the prevalence and distribution of Needlestick and Sharps Injuries (NSI) among a group of Australian medical undergraduates from 4 consecutive grades. Data was obtained by means of an anonymous, self-reporting survey. A total of 254 questionnaires were obtained (response rate 97.3%). Among them, 35 students (13.8%) had suffered a total of 41 NSI incidents. By gender, 71.4% of the NSI reporters were female and 28.6% were male. NSI prevalence varied significantly with respect to students’ year of study (P for Trend=0.0106), ranging from 7.3% in the 1st year to 26.8% in the 3rd year. Of the 41 NSI incidents, 29.2% were caused by a glass item, 24.4% by a hollow bore needle, 24.4% by another device and 22.0% by a surgical device. The distribution by causative device also varied from year to year. Overall, this study has shown that NSI represent an important hazard for Australian medical students. As such, the importance of intervention strategies to reduce NSI exposures must remain an essential facet of medical education, worldwide. Future preventive measures will also need to consider the unique situation of medical students in Australia, as elsewhere.
MeSH Terms: Australia/epidemiology – Female – Humans – Male – Needlestick Injuries/epidemiology* – Needlestick Injuries/prevention & control – Prevalence – Questionnaires – Students, Medical*

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