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Sharps injuries and bloodborne pathogen exposures in home health care.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
AAOHN journal : official journal of the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses
Publication Date
Volume
56
Issue
1
Identifiers
PMID: 18293597
Source
Medline
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Unknown

Abstract

Home health care is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States. Approximately 20,000 provider agencies deliver home health care services to 7.6 million individuals with acute illness, long-term health conditions, permanent disability, or terminal illness. The home health care setting poses many challenges that likely increase the risk of sharps injuries. Home health nurses face unique challenges in preventing and reporting sharps injuries in the home. This article examines the nature of and risk factors for sharps injuries in the home health care setting, the scope of the problem, the legislative and regulatory framework relevant to sharps injuries, and the role of occupational health nurses in promoting a culture of safety to prevent sharps injuries and bloodborne pathogen exposures.

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