Accidents put hospital staff at risk

29th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

29 March 2007, BRUSSELS – About 11,800 accidental blood contacts (ABCs) occur in Belgian hospitals each year, mostly as the result of accidents involving needles or incisions.

29 March 2007

BRUSSELS – About 11,800 accidental blood contacts (ABCs) occur in Belgian hospitals each year, mostly as the result of accidents involving needles or incisions.

These accidents put hospital staff and patients at risk of infection by pathogens. Most accidents with needles (78 percent) occur with hollow needles. The most serious risks affiliated with needle accidents are hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV.

Parliament was told on Thursday that a symposium on the prevention of needle accidents involving blood contact in Belgian hospitals came to the conclusion that 70 percent of the needle accidents could be avoided, by setting up awareness campaigns and using better safety materials, for instance.

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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