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Incidence of percutaneous injuries and non-reporting rates among first-aid responders in taiwan.
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PMID:  22803689     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
We determined the incidence of percutaneous (needlestick and sharps) injuries among emergency medical technicians (EMTs) in one county in Taiwan, compared this with the official reporting rate, and sought reasons for non-reporting. An anonymous questionnaire was distributed to all EMTs in that county, eliciting percutaneous injuries occurrences, reasons why, and reporting data. Data were analyzed by logistic regression. A total of 329 out of 353 EMTs completed the questionnaire, giving a response rate of 93.2%. Thirty-nine EMTs (11.9%) experienced at least one percutaneous injury in the preceding 12 months. Older, less experienced EMTs were at greater risk of percutaneous injuries. None of the EMTs officially reported their percutaneous injuries primarily because they thought reporting was not mandatory and that the reporting process was too complicated. About one in eight EMTs had experienced at least one percutaneous injury in the preceding year. None of these injuries was officially reported to their organization. Ways to make reporting more user friendly are required, along with resources to minimize percutaneous injuries among EMTs in Taiwan.
Francis Fu-Sheng Wu; Mei-Wen Wu; Yung-Hua Chou; Ming-Hui Ting; Robert Siebers
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of occupational and environmental hygiene     Volume:  9     ISSN:  1545-9632     ISO Abbreviation:  J Occup Environ Hyg     Publication Date:  2012 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-07-18     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101189458     Medline TA:  J Occup Environ Hyg     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  535-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
a Show Chwan Memorial Hospital , Changhua City , Taiwan.
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