The National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) estimates that 600,000 to 800,000 needlestick injuries occur annually in the hospital setting with nursing staff being the most frequently injured. EPINET data shows that needlestick injuries occur most frequently in patient rooms. According to Centers for Disease Control (CDC) data, the number of needlestick and other percutaneous injuries among healthcare workers is growing every year. About half of these injuries are unreported.
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Last Updated : 03/16/2013