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Table 1 Sharp injuries among HCWs reported in Polish Hospitals, 2010–2014, by occupational group, used medical tools and performed activity

From: Epidemiology of needlestick and sharp injuries among health care workers based on records from 252 hospitals for the period 2010–2014, Poland

Variable Medical tool Total
Hollow - bore needle Suture needle Scalpel Cannula Others*
Physician injuries (n) 820 835 387 30 219 2291
 within profession (%) 35.8 36.4 16.9 1.3 9.6 100.0
 within tool (%) 13.0 68.7 49.1 4.9 40.5 24.2
 within total (%) 8.7 8.8 4.1 0.3 2.3 24.2
Nurse and midwife injuries (n) 5267 372 398 508 316 6861
 within profession (%) 76.8 5.4 5.8 7.4 4.6 100.0
 within tool (%) 83.7 30.6 50.5 83.4 58.4 72.6
 within total (%) 55.7 3.9 4.2 5.4 3.3 72.6
Paramedic injuries (n) 208 9 3 71 6 297
 within profession (%) 70.0 3.0 1.0 23.9 2.0 100.0
 within tool (%) 3.3 0.7 0.4 11.7 1.1 3.1
 within total (%) 2.2 0.1 0.0 0.8 0.1 3.1
Total (n) 6295 1216 788 609 541 9449
 within profession (%) 66.6 12.9 8.3 6.4 5.7 100.0
 within tool (%) 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
 within total (%) 66.6 12.9 8.3 6.4 5.7 100.0
Pearson’s Chi2 test Chi2 = 2339.144 for p < 0.0001
*Others - hook, scissors, pliers, etc.
Variable Performed activity Total
Blood collection injection Waste cleaning surgery Venipuncture recapping
Physician injuries (n) 130 253 58 1705 102 19 2267
 Within profession (%) 5.7 11.2 2.6 75.2 4.5 0.8 100.0
 Within activity (%) 8.0 10.3 5.2 61.6 9.2 9.0 24.4
 Within total (%) 1.4 2.7 0.6 18.4 1.1 0.2 24.4
Nurse and midwife injuries (n) 1437 2164 984 1049 905 189 6728
 Within profession (%) 21.4 32.2 14.6 15.6 13.5 2.8 100.0
 Within activity (%) 88.2 87.8 89.0 37.9 81.8 89.2 72.5
 Within total (%) 15.5 23.3 10.6 11.3 9.7 2.0 72.5
Paramedic injuries (n) 62 48 63 13 100 4 290
 Within profession (%) 21.4 16.6 1.7 4.5 34.5 1.4 100.0
 Within activity (%) 3.8 1.9 5.7 0.5 9.0 1.9 3.1
 Within total (%) 0.7 0.5 0.7 0.1 1.1 0.0 3.1
Total (n) 1629 2465 1105 2767 1107 212 9285
 Within profession (%) 17.5 26.5 11.9 29.8 11.9 2.3 100.0
 Within activity (%) 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
 Within total (%) 17.5 26.5 11.9 29.8 11.9 2.3 100.0
Pearson’s Chi2 test Chi2 = 3121.685 for p < 0.0001