Variation in blood and body fluids exposure when small-gauge needles or peripheral venous catheters were implicated: Results of a 4-year surveillance in France

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The blood and body fluids exposure (BBFE) risk for health care workers varies according to numerous factors. Based on a needlestick surveillance in 13 French hospitals from 1997 to 2000, we evaluated incidence and temporal trends of BBFE according to medical devices causing needlestick injuries. We observed that the BBFE incidence per 100,000 peripheral venous catheters purchased decreased from 12.9 to 4.9, whereas incidence per 100,000 subcutaneous needles purchased increased from 8.7 to 14.3.

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