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NEEDLE STICKS LEAD TO CAL/OSHA FINE AGAINST KAISER HOSPITALS

December 21, 2015
California regulators cited and fined Kaiser Foundation Hospitals $149,900 after three employees were stuck by needles in a collection box for biomedical waste, exposing them to infectious diseases. The custodial employees were stuck while attempting to empty the deposit box, which frequently overflowed and prevented the lid from closing properly, according to a news release issued by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health on Thursday. All three employees were given p...

NEEDLESTICK INJURIES MOST COMMON IN FIRST SIX MONTHS OF RESIDENCY

December 16, 2015
Healthcare professionals are at risk for needlestick injuries (NSI), putting them at risk for highly infectious diseases, such as HIV or hepatitis. It is important to understand the risk factors associated with NSIs in order to decrease their frequency. This study systematically examined whether NSIs varied by postgraduate year (PGY) level, and described NSIs among hospital house staff of different subspecialties. Over half of all NSIs occurred in the PGY1, of which, 63% occurred within...