Needlestick Injuries Common In Female Veterinarians, Study Finds

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Two out of every three female veterinarians have reported accidental needlestick wounds while they were on the job, according to a recent study.

The injured veterinarians reported side effects in 16.4 percent of the unintentional needlestick wounds, ranging from many cases of mild irritation to one miscarriage.

The study, published in a recent issue of Occupational Medicine, pointed out that veterinarians often use several of the same medications that are used by other physicians.

“One of the rationales for doing the study was the fact that some of the medications and exposures veterinarians might experience would be the same as health care workers who work with people, in terms of anesthetic gases, some of the drugs and X-rays,” said Jay Wilkins, co-author of the study and associate professor of public health at Ohio State University.

“We were motivated in large part by concern over possible problems for pregnant women,” Wilkins said. More than 70 percent of first-year veterinary students today are women, compared to just about 10 percent in 1970.

Wilkins and co-author Michael Bowman, a former graduate research associate in public health, surveyed 2,532 female veterinarians, asking how many times each had accidentally stuck themselves with a needle.

Respondents were asked what kinds of substances were injected and any resulting side effects. Vaccines were the most commonly injected substances, accounting for about half of the injections, followed by anesthetics, euthanasia drugs and antibiotics.

Almost 62 percent of the women reporting side effects felt mild irritation, pain, swelling and soreness surrounding the punctured area. Nearly 12 percent of the veterinarians experienced numbness and fewer than 4 percent had a bout of mild dizziness.

Severe side effects included nine cases of brucellosis, a bacterial i

Contact: Jay Wilkins
(614) 293-3897
Ohio State University

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Common cold virus can cause polio in mice when injected into muscles
2. Common call for action on European Research Council (ERC)
3. Common therapy for HIV associated with cervical abnormality regression
4. Common chemicals morphing into potential toxins in Arctic
5. Common worm provides insights into salmonella virulence
6. Common virus may contribute to uncommon bone disease in children
7. Common airborne substance makes asthmatics more sensitive to house dust mites: study
8. Common genetic damages in non-dividing cells lead to the creation of mutant proteins
9. Common nutrients fed to pregnant mice altered their offsprings coat color
10. Common treatment for depression is safe and effective for Alzheimers patients
11. Common gene variant increases risk of atherosclerosis

Post Your Comments:

(Date:8/21/2020)... ... August 19, 2020 , ... ... and expo uniting life science, data science, informatics and IT leaders goes VIRTUAL ... this period of uncertainty and change, Bio-IT takes the leadership role of keeping ...
(Date:8/7/2020)... Ky. (PRWEB) , ... August 06, 2020 , ... ... selected to participate in the prestigious National STEM Scholar Program, a unique professional ... network building, and project support for middle school science teachers nationwide. , Created ...
(Date:7/22/2020)... ... July 21, 2020 , ... USDM ... technology and compliance, announces a new solution to manage regulated workloads on Microsoft ... of their technology stack complies with FDA and global regulations. USDM's new managed ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:7/31/2020)... ... July 29, 2020 , ... eSource has long been touted as the solution ... history of eSource, the reasons it did not take off as quickly as people ... the industry is moving towards capturing data electronically for clinical trials and then repurposing ...
(Date:7/18/2020)... ... , ... “We are thrilled to deliver this new technology to the industry” ... kind on the market and we were pleased that the IFT jury recognized that.” ... ingredients, creating a natural way to extend the shelf life and improve the safety ...
(Date:7/10/2020)... ... 2020 , ... In most research using the zebrafish model, ... in zebrafish embryos, maintaining optical transparency to facilitate microscopic imaging. Over the past ... the zebrafish model to investigate the causes of leukaemia and its relationship with ...
(Date:7/1/2020)... , ... June 29, 2020 , ... ... to competitively procured purchasing contracts to its membership, recently named BioFit Engineered ... members with the opportunity to purchase ergonomic seating, cafeteria tables, book trucks and ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: