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Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem
Print version ISSN 0104-1169
MARTINS, Matilde Delmina da Silva; SILVA, Norberto Anibal Pires da and CORREIA, Teresa Isaltina Gomes. Accidents at work and its impact on a hospital in Northern Portugal. Rev. Latino-Am. Enfermagem [online]. 2012, vol.20, n.2, pp.217-225. ISSN 0104-1169. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-11692012000200002.
In order to describe accidents at work at a hospital in Northern Portugal and analyze their main impact in the period from 2008 to 2010, we conducted a retrospective cross-sectional study. The information was obtained from the notification records of accidents at work for 387 workers. The highest prevalence levels of accidents referred to superior health technician (56.1%), female workers (81.9%), in the age group 30-39 years (37.2%), with a secondary education degree (55.8%), working in shifts (72.4%) and in-patient services (35.9%). Needle pricks were the main cause (45.7%) and hands were the main injury location (37.5%). Wounds (32.6%) were the most frequent type of injury, followed by sprains and strains (23%). In total, 27.4% resulted in absence from work, with sprains and strains as the main reason. Preventive strategies should be adopted, aiming to promote these workers' health.
Keywords : Accidents Occupational; Occupational Health; Occupational Risks.