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Incidence of needlestick and other sharp object injuries in newly graduated nurses

Published:March 13, 2013DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2012.12.012
      Nurses are particularly at high risk of needlestick and injuries by other sharp object (hereafter called needlestick injuries).

      Preventing needlestick injuries in health care setting. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Available from: http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2000-108/. Published 2000. Accessed May 1, 2012.

      • Gillen M.
      • McNary J.
      • Lewis J.
      • Davis M.
      • Boyd A.
      • Schuller M.
      • et al.
      Sharps related injuries in California health care facilities: pilot study results from the sharps injury surveillance registry.
      Newly graduated nurses (hereafter called new nurses) now comprise >10% of a typical hospital’s nursing staff.
      • Berkow S.
      • Virkstis K.
      • Stewart J.
      • Conway L.
      Assessing new graduate nurse performance.
      Nursing students have a higher risk than registered nurses.
      • Yang Y.H.
      • Wu M.T.
      • Ho C.K.
      • Chuang H.Y.
      • Chen L.
      • Yang C.Y.
      • et al.
      Needlestick/sharps injuries among vocational school nursing students in southern Taiwan.
      As nursing students graduate and become new nurses, their needlestick injuries warrant close attention. However, there have been few studies looking into needlestick injuries in new nurses.
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