Needlestick injury in surgeons: what is the incidence?

J R Coll Surg Edinb. 1991 Oct;36(5):317-8.


A prospective study by questionnaire was carried out to investigate the incidence of needlestick injury in the operating theatre staff of a teaching hospital and to calculate the individual risk of acquiring blood-borne virus infection in the UK from this source. The individual rate of needlestick injury in operating theatre staff was 1.55% per surgeon per operation (confidence interval (Cl) 0.6-2.5%). The calculated rate of clinical hepatitis B in surgeons compared with the observed rate suggests that needlestick in theatre is the main mode of transmission.

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Occupational / statistics & numerical data*
  • Hepatitis B / transmission
  • Hospitals, Teaching
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Needlestick Injuries / epidemiology*
  • Operating Rooms*
  • Personnel, Hospital / statistics & numerical data*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Scotland / epidemiology
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Workforce