Caring for Healthcare Workers: A Global Perspective
Jagger, J. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology (2007), Vol. 28 No. 1, pp. 1–4.
This editorial describes some of the major developments in the last two decades’ in reduction of occupational injuries due to contact with needles, other sharp devices, and blood. In the United States and other industrialized countries, the advent of antiretroviral drugs has enabled more effective post-exposure prophylaxis and dramatically reduced the number of inpatients living with HIV. There has also been a trend away from using needles wherever possible, substituting needles with a range of devices designed to protect the user from sharps injuries, a practice that needs to be extended beyond the industrialized world, the author writes. The article urges greater protection against injection-related injuries for health care workers worldwide.