The prevalence of needle stick and sharps injuries in nurses in North Cyprus
Objective: The aim of this descriptive study was to determine the prevalence of Needle Stick and Sharps Injuries (NSSIs) in nurses working in North Cyprus.
Methodology: This descriptive study was conducted in Cyprus. Sample of the study comprised 151 nurses. Data were collected using a questionnaire developed by the researchers.
Results: According to the data, 68.2% of the nurses experienced NSSI, which was mostly by (79.6%) needle stick. The rate of injury was found to be higher in nurses working in emergency service, surgery clinics and intensive care units. The rate of reporting the injury after the event was found to be low (15.5%).
Conclusion: This study shows that a significant percentage of nurses receive NSSIs. Systematic control measures, including an effective and goal-oriented education program targeting NSSIs should be implemented in the hospital setting.