Self-reported needle-stick injuries among dentists in north Jordan
AbstractThe incidence of needle-stick injuries and the reporting attitudes among dentists in the north of Jordan were assessed with a cross-sectional survey. The study included 170 general dental practitioners [119 males and 51 females], of whom 113 [66.5%] were injured within the preceding 12 months. Needle-stick injury was significantly associated with higher age and a higher number of patients treated daily. Of those who were injured, 77.9% did not report the injury. Reasons for not reporting needle-stick injury were: because it took place before use on a patient [41.2%], ignorance of the risk [20.8%], being busy [25.0%] and dissatisfaction with follow-up procedures [13.0%]. The study highlights the need for continuous education programmes about handling of sharp dental instruments and reporting injuries
Khader, Y., Burgan, S. & Amarin, Z. (2009). Self-reported needle-stick injuries among dentists in north Jordan. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/117624
EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 15 (1), 185-189, 2009
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