In a study of injection safety in Abha health district, Saudi Arabia, data were collected from
47 physicians and 85 nurses at 24 primary health care centres, using an observation checklist and an
interview questionnaire. All centres used individually packed disposable syringes and puncture-proof
containers to collect used needles. Needlestick injury in the previous year was reported by 14.9% of
physicians and 16.5% of nurses (0.21 and 0.38 injuries/person/year respectively). Logistic regression
analysis identified recapping the needle after use (physicians and nurses) and bending the needle
before disposal (physicians) as significant risk factors for injury.