Prevalence of needle stick injuries among dental, nursing and midwifery students in Shiraz, Iran

Mehrdad Askarian, Leila Malekmakan, Ziad A. Memish & Ojan Assadian
Background: The risk of occupational exposure to blood borne pathogens (including hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV) via sharp injuries such as needle stick injuries (NSIs) among health care workers, especially dental, nursing and midwifery students is a challenging issue. Inadequate staff, lack of experience, insufficient training, duty overload and fatigue may lead to occupational sharp injuries. The aim of this prospective cross-sectional study was to evaluate the frequency of NSIs in Iranian dental, nursing,...