Needle injuries among pediatric housestaff physicians in New York City.

Melzer SM, Vermund SH, Shelov SP
Pediatrics. 1989 84 (2): 211-4

PMID: 2748246

Concerns regarding accidental needle puncture wounds, needle injuries among house officers have increased following reports of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) transmission via this route. Pediatric house officers training in areas with large numbers of children infected with HIV may face a significant risk of occupational HIV infection via needle injury. The cumulative incidence of needle injury among pediatric house officers in New York who completed at least 1 year of training was ascertained. A questionnaire designed to elicit retrospective information regarding needle injuries was completed by 294 house officers in medical school-affiliated pediatric training programs. A total of 205 (69.7%) had stuck themselves or been stuck with a needle contaminated with a patient's blood, and 48 (17%) reported a needle injury involving a needle contaminated with the blood of a patient with suspected HIV infection. Only 11 of the 48 had received counselling or HIV testing following their possible HIV exposure. These data indicate that needle injury among pediatric house officers in New York is common. Reducing occupational risk is an especially compelling policy issue for pediatric training programs in areas where HIV is endemic.

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Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome Adult Female Humans Internship and Residency Male Middle Aged Needles New York City Occupational Diseases Pediatrics Wounds, Penetrating

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