About Half of Nurses in U.K. Have Experienced Needle Stick Injuries, Many Are Concerned About HIV Risk, Study Says
November 21, 2008
A recent report by the United Kingdom's Royal College of Nursing found that 48% of the 5,000 nurses polled had been injured by a needle previously used on a patient during their careers, with about one-third fearing risk of exposure to bloodborne diseases such as HIV and hepatitis, BBC News reports (BBC News, 11/19). According to the PA/Google.com, the survey also found that although most nurses who had experienced a needle injury were provided with information about risks from their employer, 28% were not. In addition, about one-third of nurses within the National Health Service who had experienced an injury regarded the support they received from their employer as adequate (PA/Google.com, 11/19). According to BBC News, one-quarter of nurses who said they experienced needle sticks reported that their employer did not provide them with post-exposure prophylaxis. In addition, a poll of nurses in the report revealed that nearly half of the nurses do not have access to safety devices, such as shielded needles, that could protect nurses from infections like HIV and hepatitis, RCN said.
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