The prevalence of needle sticks injury among medical students in Melaka, Malaysia, a cross sectional study

Kye Mon Min Swe, Thant Zin, Amit Bhardwaj, Adinegars Bin Lutfi Abas, Ankur Barua

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Abstract

Background: Needle stick injury (NSIs) is the major transmission source of blood borne infection among health care workers all over the world. They also are instant threat to medical students during their clinical trainings years. Methods and materials: A cross sectional study was conducted among the undergraduate medical students (3 rd year to final year) in Melaka, Malaysia from May 2011 to July 2011. Findings: There were total 456 respondents participated in this study. Among them 390(85.5%) respondents were immunized with Hepatitis B vaccine and only 293(42.3%) participants had exposure regarding health education to universal precaution. The prevalence of needle stick injury was 33(7.2%) and majority of it occurred during Medicine posting 17(48.5%). Conclusion: The incidence of needle sticks injuries among the medical students was not much high in comparison with the other similar studies. Knowledge regarding universal precaution and hepatitis immunization were needed to reinforce through health education.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)214-220
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of Scientific Research
Volume71
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 01-02-2012
Externally publishedYes

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