Factors associated with needlestick and sharp injuries among hospital nurses: A cross-sectional questionnaire survey

Eunhee Cho, Hyeonkyeong Lee, Miyoung Choi , Su Ho Park, Il Young Yoo, Linda H Aiken

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Background: The current status of needlestick or sharp injuries of hospital nurses and factors associated with the injuries have not been systematically examined with representative registered nurse samples in South Korea.

Objective: To examine the incidence to needlestick or sharp injuries and identify the factors associated with such injuries among hospital nurses in South Korea.

Design, settings and participants: A cross-sectional survey of hospital nurses in South Korea. Data were collected from 3079 registered nurses in 60 acute hospitals in South Korea by a stratified random sampling method based on the region and number of beds.

Methods: The dependent variable was the occurrence of needlestick or sharp injuries in the last year, and the independent variables were protective equipment, nurse characteristics, and hospital characteristics. This study employed logistic regression analysis with generalized estimating equation clustering by hospital to identify the factors associated with needlestick or sharp injuries.

Results: The majority (70.4%) of the hospital nurses had experienced needlestick or sharp injuries in the previous year. The non-use of safety containers for disposal of sharps and needles, less working experience as a registered nurse, poor work environments in regards to staffing and resource adequacy, and high emotional exhaustion significantly increased risk for needlestick or sharp injuries. Working in perioperative units also significantly increased the risk for such injuries but working in intensive care units, psychiatry, and obstetrics wards showed a significantly lower risk than medical surgical wards.

Conclusions: The occurrence of needlestick or sharp injuries of registered nurses was associated with organizational characteristics as well as protective equipment and nurse characteristics. Hospitals can prevent or reduce such injuries by establishing better work environments in terms of staffing and resource adequacy, minim
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1025-1032
JournalInternational Journal of Nursing Studies
Volume50
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Aug

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Needlestick Injuries
Cross-Sectional Studies
Nurses
Republic of Korea
Wounds and Injuries
Surveys and Questionnaires
Equipment and Supplies

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Factors associated with needlestick and sharp injuries among hospital nurses: A cross-sectional questionnaire survey. / Cho, Eunhee; Lee, Hyeonkyeong; Choi , Miyoung ; Park, Su Ho; Yoo, Il Young; Aiken, Linda H.

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