Phlebotomy practices/needles stick injuries/hepatitis B status/among interns in a Dublin hospital

K Gaffney, M Murphy, F Mulcahy

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Needlestick injury is the most important risk event for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis B Virus (HBV) transmission to health-care workers. We examined phlebotomy practices, the frequency of needle stick injuries, the reporting of such injuries and hepatitis B status among interns in St James's Hospital during a six month period. This study took the form of a questionnaire. The response rate was 100%. 72% had at least one needlestick injury during this time period, 23% had injuries from known HIV sero-positive or hepatitis B surface antigen positive patients, less than 5% of all injuries were reported and only 41% of interns were definitely hepatitis B immune. The majority (77%) resheated needles by hand.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)102-104
Number of pages3
JournalIrish Medical Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1992
Externally publishedYes


  • Accidents, Occupational
  • Bloodletting
  • Hepatitis B/immunology
  • Hepatitis B Surface Antigens/analysis
  • Humans
  • Immunity
  • Internship and Residency
  • Ireland
  • Needlestick Injuries/epidemiology
  • Occupational Diseases/etiology

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