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Texto & Contexto - Enfermagem

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LUIZE, Paula Batista; CANINI, Silvia Rita Marin da Silva; GIR, Elucir  e  TOFFANO, Silmara Elaine Malaguti. Procedures after exposure to biological material in a specialized cancer hospital. Texto contexto - enferm. [online]. 2015, vol.24, n.1, pp.170-177. ISSN 0104-0707.  https://doi.org/10.1590/0104-07072015002700013.

Occupational accidents involving biological material are a concern for healthcare facilities due to the severe harm they may cause to healthcare workers. This cross-sectional study's aim was to identify the behavior reported by nursing professionals in response to biological material exposure in a cancer hospital located in São Paulo, Brazil. The population was composed of 441 professionals. The hospital's Institutional Review Board approved the project. Of the 441 interviewed subjects, 82 (18.6%) reported exposure in the last twelve months. Note that 47 (57.3%) workers officially reported the accident and sought specialized clinical care. The most frequently reported reason by those (72.1%) who did not follow the protocol was considering it unnecessary. Strategies intended to improve adherence of healthcare workers to the recommended protocol may improve occupational safety.

Palavras-chave : Exposure to biological agents; Accidents, occupational; Nursing, team; Occupational accidents registry; Therapeutical aproaches.

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