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Pediatric emergencies for accidental needlestick injuries from discarded syringes

Ortigoza Escobar JD, Fernández Díaz V, Fernández Santervás Y, Trenchs Sainz De La Maza V, Fortuny Guasch C, Noguera Julián A, Luaces Cubells C

Servicio de Urgencias, Unidad de Infectología, Servicio de Pediatría, Hospital Sant Joan de Déu, Universitat de Barcelona, Esplugues de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain.

To describe the characteristics of visits to a pediatric emergency department after
accidental needlestick injuries and between 2000 and 2010 to estimate the likelihood of
hepatitis B and C virus or human immunodeficiency virus seroconversion. A total of 160
cases were studied; 108 patients (67.5%) were boys. The median age (25th-75th
percentile) was 6.3 (4.8-9.1) years. The department attended a median of 1.2 (0.8-2.0)
patients with accidental needle puncture per 10 000 visits annually. The incidence
tended to decrease over time. Accidents occurred most often in parks, and fingers were
the most common place of puncture. No seroconversions occurred.

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