Underreporting of needlestick injuries in a university hospital

Am J Infect Control. 1983 Oct;11(5):174-7. doi: 10.1016/0196-6553(83)90077-9.


A survey of 1429 university hospital employees was conducted to estimate the extent of unreported needlestick injuries. Data based on 726 responses show that 40% of needlestick injuries within the past 3 months and 75% of needlestick injuries in the previous year had not been reported. Employees who did not report needlestick injuries were more likely to be new employees (less than 2 years). In addition to nursing, laboratory, and housekeeping employees, inhalation therapists and pharmacists are also at high risk for needlestick injuries. Studies attempting to show a reduction in needlestick injury rate should not use employee health records to assess efficacy.

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Occupational*
  • Financial Management / trends*
  • Hospital Bed Capacity, 300 to 499
  • Hospitals, University
  • Humans
  • Missouri
  • Needles*
  • Personnel, Hospital*
  • Risk Management / trends*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Wounds, Penetrating / epidemiology*