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February 23rd, 2012 posted by Paul Rega, MD, FACEP February 23, 2012 @ 12:06 am

Needlestick injury during pandemics: Increased almost 5 times due to inexperience

Am J Infect Control. 2012 Feb 2. [Epub ahead of print]
Needlestick injury surveillance during mass vaccination clinics: Lessons learned and why more is needed-Tri-County (Denver Metropolitan) region, Colorado, 2009.
Williams NJ, Ghosh TS, Vogt RL.

Tri-County Health Department studied needlestick injury (NSI) risks in pandemic influenza A (H1N1) mass vaccination clinics through incident reports and an Internet-based vaccinator survey. The mass vaccination clinic NSI rate was 4.9 times the mean rate observed during Tri-County Health Department’s 2003 to 2009 routine vaccination clinics. There was also a trend of increased risk for NSI with vaccination inexperience. These findings can be used to improve future mass vaccination clinic safety.

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