Predictive factors for percutaneous and mucocutaneous exposure among healthcare workers in a developing country

Türe Z., Ulu K., Cevahir F., Altun D., Özhan E., Alp E.

JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY AND GLOBAL HEALTH, vol.6, no.3, pp.141-146, 2016 (ESCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 6 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.jegh.2015.06.003
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.141-146
  • Keywords: Percutaneous exposure, Mucocutaneous exposure, Healthcare worker, Risk factor, SHARPS INJURIES, NEEDLE STICK, HOSPITALS, TURKEY
  • Erciyes University Affiliated: Yes


The aim of this study is to determine the risk factors for percutaneous and mucocutaneous exposures in healthcare workers (HCW) in one of the largest centers of a middle income country, Turkey. This study has a retrospective design. HCWs who presented between August 2011 and June 2013, with Occupational Exposures (OEs) (cases) and those without (controls) were included. Demographic information was collected from infection control committee documents. A questionnaire was used to ask the HCWs about their awareness of preventive measures. HCWs who work with intensive work loads such as those found in emergency departments or intensive care units have a higher risk of OEs. Having heavy workloads and hours increases the risk of percutaneous and mucocutaneous exposures. For that reason the most common occupation groups are nurses and cleaning staff who are at risk of OEs. Increasing work experience has reduced the frequency of OEs. (C) 2015 Ministry of Health, Saudi Arabia. Published by Elsevier Ltd.