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Table 6 Exposure to needlestick injuries (NSIs) and methods of needle disposal

From: Safe injection awareness and practices among nursing staff in an Egyptian and a Saudi hospital

Part III—4 items Hospital P value
Qassim Hospital
N (%)
Beni-Suef UH
N (%)
Total
Have you been exposed to NSIs in the past year?
 No 236 (94.4) 169 (67.6) 405 (81) 0.001*
 Yes 14 (5.6) 81 (32.4) 95 (19)
How many times have you been exposed to NSIs?
 Never 238 (95.2) 166 (66.4) 404 (80.8) 0.001*
 1 time 12 (4.8) 53(21) 65 (13)
 2 times 0 (0) 26 (10.4) 26 (5.2)
 3 times 0 (0) 4 (1.6) 4 (0.8)
 4 times 0 (0) 2 (0.8) 2 (0.4)
Have you been exposed to other sharps injuries?
 Never 238 (95.2) 111 (44.4) 349 (69.8) 0.001*
 Surgical scalpel 1 (0.4) 41 (16.4) 42 (8.4)
 Broken medication vials 7 (2.8) 11 (4.4) 18 (3.6)
 Needle of cannula 4 (1.6) 87 (34.8) 91 (18.2)
Needles are disposed by
 As one unit 188 (75.2) 238 (95.2) 426 (85.2) 0.001*
 Bend and disposal 7 (2.8) 12 (4.8) 19 (3.8)
 Separate needle and disposal 48 (19.2) 0 (0) 48 (9.6)
 Leave syringe with patient 2 (0.8) 0 (0) 2 (0.8)
 Two-hand recapping and disposal in sharps box 4 (1.6) 0 (0) 4 (0.8)
 Two-hand recapping and disposal in non-medical waste 1 (0.4) 0 (0) 1 (0.4)
  1. *P value ≤ 0.05 is considered significant