Evaluation of needlestick injuries and other exposures to bloodborne pathogens among officers in a city police department
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Evaluation of needlestick injuries and other exposures to bloodborne pathogens among officers in a city police department

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      "In response to a request from the risk management office of a city, the Health Hazard Evaluation Program reviewed records of needlestick injuries and other potential bloodborne pathogens exposure incidents among city police officers. We also reviewed the city's and police department's policies regarding bloodborne pathogens and exposures to blood or other potentially infectious materials. We found 13 needlestick injuries and 37 additional exposure incidents across a 6-year period in a force of about 1,000 officers. The annual incidence of needlestick injuries ranged from 0-5.07 per 1,000 police officers and from 0-2.45 per 10,000 reactive calls for service. For the needlestick injuries, 9 of 11 source persons tested were found to have hepatitis C. The 37 additional potential bloodborne pathogens exposure incidents involved mostly spitting incidents, human bites, and contact with blood other than from needlesticks. The city had a comprehensive bloodborne pathogens exposure control plan, but the police department had not yet adopted it. We recommended using sharps containers for evidence collection that are puncture resistant, leakproof, and labeled or color-coded. We also recommended continued training on safe searching techniques, and ensuring needlestick and exposure incident reports have complete information to allow for improved tracking." - NIOSHTIC-2 Recommended citation for this report: NIOSH [2017]. Needlestick injuries and other exposures to bloodborne pathogens among officers in a city police department. By de Perio MA. Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Health Hazard Evaluation Report 2016-0121-3284, http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/hhe/reports/pdfs/2016-0121-3284.pdf. NIOSHTIC no. 20050165
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