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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 840-845

Comparison of knowledge, attitude, and practices regarding needle-stick injury among health care providers


1 Department of Microbiology, Govt TD Medical College, Alappuzha, Kerala, India
2 Department of Biostatistics, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Kochi, Kerala, India

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Dr. Anitha Madhavan
Department of Microbiology, Govt TD Medical College, Alappuzha, Kerala
India
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DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_103_19

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Introduction: Needle-stick injury (NSI) is one of the most potential hazards for health care workers. They pose a significant risk of occupational transmission of blood-borne pathogens. The present study was done to determine the incidence of NSI among interns and nurses; their knowledge, attitude, and preventive strategies undertaken by the respondents after NSI. Materials and Methods: The cross-sectional study was done among interns and nurses in various departments of a tertiary care center in Kerala, India using a self-administered questionnaire. Results: The incidences of NSI among interns and nurses were 75.6% and 24.4%, respectively. The most common clinical activity leading to NSI among interns was blood withdrawal (42%) followed by recapping (29%). It was found that nurses had enough knowledge and followed better NSI practices and attitude than the interns. Conclusion: All the parameters analyzed were inadequate among the interns, indicating the need for continual awareness programs particularly during the preclinical years.


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