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J Occup Health year 2007 volume 49 number 5 page 424 - 429
Classification Field Study
Title The Effectiveness of a Training Program on Reducing Needlestick Injuries/Sharp Object Injuries among Soon Graduate Vocational Nursing School Students in Southern Taiwan
Author Ya-Hui YANG1, Saou-Hsing LIOU2, Chiou-Jong CHEN3, Chun-Yuh YANG4, Chao-Ling WANG1, Chiu-Ying CHEN5 and Trong-Neng WU5, 6
Organization 1Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, Kaohsiung Medical University, 2Institute of Public Health, National Defense Medical Center, 3Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, CLA, Executive Yuan, 4Institute of Public Health, Kaohsiung Medical University, 5Institute of Environmental Health, China Medical University and 6Institute of Environmental Health, National Yang Ming University, Taiwan
Keywords Needlestick Injuries/Sharp Injuries, Training Program, Nursing Students
Correspondence T.-N. Wu, Institute of Environmental Health, College of Public Health, China Medical University and Hospital, 91 Hseuh-Shih Road, Taichung 404, Taiwan
(e-mail: tnwu@mail.cmu.edu.tw)
Abstract The Effectiveness of a Training Program on Reducing Needlestick Injuries/Sharp Object Injuries among Soon Graduate Vocational Nursing School Students in Southern Taiwan: Ya-Hui YANG, et al. Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan-Needlestick/sharp injuries (NSIs/SIs) are a serious threat to medical/nursing students in hospital internships. Education for preventing NSIs/SIs is important for healthcare workers but is rarely conducted and evaluated among vocational school nursing students. We conducted an educational intervention for such students after their internship rotations before graduation. This program consisted of a lecture to the students after the internship training and a self-study brochure for them to study before their graduation. This study used the pre-test questionnaires completed by all students and the post-test questionnaires completed by 107 graduates after work experience as licensed nurses to assess the effectiveness of the intervention. After educational intervention, the incidence of NSIs/SIs decreased significantly from 50.5% pre-test to 25.2% post-test, and the report rate increased from 37.0% to 55.6%, respectively. In conclusion, this intervention significantly reduced the incidence of NSIs/SIs and increased the report rate of such events.