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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 52  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 150-152

Needle sticks injury among nurses involved in patient care: A study in two medical college hospitals of West Bengal

1 Associate Professor, Principal, NRS Medical College, Kolkata, India
2 Assistant Professor, Community Medicine, Medical College, Kolkata, India
3 Assistant Professor, MCH, All India Institute of Hygiene & Public Health, Kolkata, India
4 Professor, Community Medicine, North Bengal Medical College, Darjeeling, India
5 Assistant Professor, Community Medicine, Principal, NRS Medical College, Kolkata, India
6 Principal, NRS Medical College, Kolkata, India

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G K Joardar
Associate Professor, Principal, NRS Medical College, Kolkata
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A hospital-based retrospective study on a sample of 228 nurses involved in patient care, in two medical college hospitals of West Bengal, showed that 61.4% of them sustained at least one Needle Stick Injury (NSI) in last 12 months. The risk of such injuries per 1000 nurses per year was found to be 3,280. Out of the most recent injuries among 140 nurses, 92.9% remained unreported to appropriate authorities; in 52.9% events hand gloves were worn by the nurses; only 5% of those nurses received hepatitis B vaccine, 2.1% hepatitis B immunoglobulin and none of them received post exposure prophylaxis for HIV.

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