Irish Journal of Medical Science

, Volume 180, Issue 2, pp 545–547 | Cite as

Hospital-based needlestick use and injuries by Dublin interns in 2010

  • P. O’Sullivan
  • D. M. Seoighe
  • J. F. Baker
  • B. J. O’Daly
  • T. McCarthy
  • S. Morris
Brief Report



Needlestick injuries (NSI) remain an occupational hazard for doctors. Previous reports suggested that needlestick practice among interns could be improved.


We aimed to report the current occupational sharp practice and experience amongst a modern cohort of Irish interns.


A self-designed questionnaire was distributed among interns at two Dublin-based teaching hospitals.


Thirty-one interns completed a self-designed questionnaire. Notably, only 26% routinely wore gloves when performing phlebotomy like tasks; 35% considered their training adequate; 26% had suffered a NSI within the first 8 months of work—over half occurred between 0000 and 0800 hours. There was a higher rate of reporting NSI than in historical reports.


Improvements have been made in occupational health management of NSI. However, practical preparation for internship continues to remain a concern. Efforts are needed to reduce unnecessary risk of suffering a NSI among our junior doctors.


Needlestick injury  Intern Phlebotomy 


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© Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • P. O’Sullivan
    • 1
  • D. M. Seoighe
    • 2
  • J. F. Baker
    • 1
  • B. J. O’Daly
    • 1
  • T. McCarthy
    • 1
    • 3
  • S. Morris
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryAdelaide and Meath Incorporating the National Children’s HospitalDublinIreland
  2. 2.Department of Plastic SurgerySt James’ HospitalDublinIreland
  3. 3.Department of Orthopaedic SurgerySt James’ HospitalDublinIreland

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