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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(8), 901; doi:10.3390/ijerph14080901

Work-Related Accidents and Sharp Injuries in Paramedics—Illustrated with an Example of a Multi-Specialist Hospital, Located in Central Poland

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Department of Hygiene and Health Promotion, Medical University of Lodz, 90-647 Lodz, Poland
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Department of Econometrics, University of Lodz, 90-214 Lodz, Poland
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Received: 1 July 2017 / Revised: 25 July 2017 / Accepted: 31 July 2017 / Published: 10 August 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Occupational Safety and Health)
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(1) Background: An analysis of work-related accidents in paramedics in Poland by presenting the model and trend of accidents, accident rates and by identifying causes and results of accidents; (2) Methods: A retrospective analysis of medical documentation regarding work-related accidents in a multi-specialist hospital, located in central Poland, in the period 2005–2015. The study group included paramedics who had an accident while being on duty; (3) Results: According to hospital records, 88 paramedics were involved in 390 accidents and 265 injuries caused by sharp instruments. The annual accident rate was 5.34/100 employed paramedics. Most of the accidents occurred at night. The most common reason for the accident was careless behaviour of the paramedic, which resulted in joint sprains and dislocations. Injuries accounted for a huge portion of the total number of events. As many as 45% of injuries were not officially recorded; (4) Conclusion: High rates of work-related accidents and injuries caused by sharp instruments in paramedics are a serious public health problem. Further studies should be conducted in order to identify risk factors of accidents, particularly injuries, and to implement preventative programmes, aiming to minimise rates of occupational hazards for paramedics. View Full-Text
Keywords: paramedics; accidents; sharp injuries; work; occupational exposure paramedics; accidents; sharp injuries; work; occupational exposure
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Garus-Pakowska, A.; Szatko, F.; Ulrichs, M. Work-Related Accidents and Sharp Injuries in Paramedics—Illustrated with an Example of a Multi-Specialist Hospital, Located in Central Poland. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14, 901.

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