|Title:||Needlestick injury among interns and medical students in the Occupied Palestinian Territory|
|Authors:||Al Dabbas, M.|
Abu Rmeileh, N.M.E.
|Abstract:||The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of needlestick injury [NSI] among interns and medical students as well as their knowledge of, attitude towards and their protective strategies against exposure to bloodborne pathogens. A cross-sectional study was conducted among 272 participants using a selfadministered questionnaire. Just over 40% of the participants had experienced at least 1 NSI. Wound suturing was the most common cause of injury [33.5%], and the highest incidence [55.5%] was in the emergency room. Failure to report the injury to health representatives was recorded for 48.6% of NSIs. Only 46.7% of the interns had received the hepatitis B vaccine whereas most of the students [76.8%] had completed their vaccination schedule [P < 0.001]. Participants were found to be at a high risk of NSIs and bloodborne infections|
|Appears in Collections:||EMRO Journal Articles (EMHJ)|
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