ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Safety of Healthcare Workers from Occupational Exposure to Infections

As India's healthcare industry has expanded continuously, the risk of nosocomial infections has increased proportionately. Measures to prevent it and put in place a mechanism to control the injuries are needed urgently, especially when there is not only an increase in domestic demand but also an impetus in health tourism. The protection of the country's skilled health workforce is a national need.

This article is based on the research carried out as a part of study by the Haffkine Institute, Parel, Mumbai.

It is a well-known fact that the healthcare structure has been expanding, with rapid gains for the public. Due to the nature of the work that healthcare workers (HCWs) undertake, they are highly vulnerable to work-related injuries like wounds, cuts, and needle stick injuries (NSIs), which in turn expose them to infected blood and body fluids. Occupational exposure to pathogenic microbes as a result of needles and other sharp objects is an important public health concern. Nosocomial infection is consequently a greater problem. Nurses, ward boys, housekeeping staff, and those working in surgical departments are at the greatest risk of NSIs, and are, as a result, most vulnerable to acquiring blood-borne infections.

Transmission of Infections: NSIs

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