INTRODUCTION: Health institutions are considered high-risk occupational areas due to the need for human resources, including numerous specialists with distinct characteristics, use of intensive technology, and complex occupational processes. The purpose of this study is to examine the frequency of exposure to occupational accidents and near-miss events of the nurses and physicians working in hospitals, their reporting status and factors affecting these characteristics during the COVID-19 pandemic.
METHODS: This descriptive study evaluates recent year's data (Jan 1-Dec 31, 2020). The study was carried out on health workers who work around Turkey's hospitals. The data were collected using the "Evaluation Form for Occupational Accidents and Near-Miss Events," created by the researchers. The data were collected using the online method through the google forms application.
RESULTS: A total of 225 health workers, 66 women (29.33%) and 159 men (70.67%), participated in this study. The mean age of the participants was 35.17 ± 8.45, and the majority of the participants were doctors. Of the participants, 44.9% declared that they experienced a work accident in 2020; however, only 13.9% of them reported this accident to their institution during the COVID-19 pandemic.
DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: Every occupational accident or near-miss event experienced by healthcare professionals should be reported and analyzed carefully to prevent potential risks. Training health professionals about health risks they may encounter and protective measures against occupational accidents have vital importance.