ABSTRACT: The biohazard represents a major occupational risk among workers in the health sector, this risk is not only exclusive for healthcare workers but involve also nursing students. The study reports data of a survey on injuries from accidental puncture in a group of 223 students of the third year of Nursing of Bari University. The 18% of students say they have suffered over the past 12 months an accidental puncture with sharp instruments. The cutting device most frequently involved is the needle from the syringe and insulin. The most at risk are the recovered and disposal of the needle. The biohazard in training is further compounded by factors such as lack of experience and skill manuals consolidated combined with a non perception of the risk. In the obligation of protection, training and information to students of Nursing, the University must implement programs aimed at both knowledge of the risks to which they are exposed, as well as security procedures to contain an emerging risk, which one of injury from sharp instruments, which are exposed young students not yet in employment.
Giornale italiano di medicina del lavoro ed ergonomia 29(3 Suppl):631-2.