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It Could Have Been Protected but Wasn’t [anatol j fm]
anatol j fm. 2019; 2(1): 13-18 | DOI: 10.5505/anatoljfm.2018.21931

It Could Have Been Protected but Wasn’t

Ahmet Rıza Şahin1, Ahmet Melih Şahin2, Selçuk Nazik1, Nadide Mercan1, Hacer Kandilcik1, Selma Ateş1
1Department Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology, Kahramanmaraş Sütçü İmam University, Faculty of Medicine, Kahramanmaraş, Turkey
2Department Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology, Giresun University, Faculty of Medicine, Giresun, Turkey

INTRODUCTION: Introduction: Percutaneous injuries create shared occupational risk for all health workers. These injuries can lead to a loss of workforce and a decrease in the quality of health services by causing physical and psychiatric disorders. Our study aimed to identify the epidemiology of incised wounds that have occurred within the past four years effectiveness of preventive measures at the Kahramanmaraş Sütçü İmam University Faculty of Medicine Hospital.
METHODS: Method This research was carried out with the retrospective study of incised wound cases that occurred at the KSU Faculty of Medicine Hospital between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2016. Health personnel were examined in terms of gender, professional group, form of injury, locations of injury, compliance with protective barriers used, and precautions taken. The acquired data were evaluated in Microsoft Excel using numerical and percentage calculations.
RESULTS: Findings: Of the injured health personnel, 61% were women and 39% were men. Of the group of injured personnel comprises nurses with 39% (94), followed by intern nurses 27% (65), sanitation personnel with 24% (56), doctors with 8% (18), three laboratory technicians, and two data-entry personnel. The most frequently injured bodily region was the left hand with 51.2% (122), followed by the right hand with 43.6% (104). The most frequent injury took place while covering the tip of a needle with 36%. No type of protective equipment was used for 71% of the health personnel who were included in the study.
DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: Results: The fact that the most injuries occurred in nursing and sanitation personnel in the study produced the result of the provision of the education necessary to minimize contact with hands of cutting and perforating tools and for the propagation of the use of medical waste containers that provide for distancing the waste materials used, because the most frequent form of injury was recapping needle points. That there was high noncompliance with the use of protective equipment revealed that health workers needed to be subjected to certain, periodic training. In addition to this, the care for injuries and the provision of training in which the infection control committee needed to be referred to in situations of injury was brought to the forefront.

Keywords: Needlestick injuries, healthcare workers, percutaneous infections

Ahmet Rıza Şahin, Ahmet Melih Şahin, Selçuk Nazik, Nadide Mercan, Hacer Kandilcik, Selma Ateş. It Could Have Been Protected but Wasn’t. anatol j fm. 2019; 2(1): 13-18

Corresponding Author: Ahmet Rıza Şahin, Türkiye
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