Document Type : Brief Report

Authors

1 Hospital Epidemiology department Hosp. Joaquín Albarrán, la Habana

2 The Cuban Hospital, Hamad Medical Corporation

Abstract

Background: COVID-19 pandemic has been associated with various risks including the exposure of infectious agents. Objective: The study aims at describing the incidence of blood and body fluid (BBF) exposure in a COVID-19 facility so as viral transmission potential through blood. Methods: A descriptive study of BBF exposure notified was carried out in a community hospital of Qatar. Results: In 2020 29 needlestick injuries were reported, which is an important increase in comparison with the year 2019 (6 incidents) and 2018 (5 incidents). No evidence of SARS CoV2 transmission was shown concerning the injury using symptoms monitoring and lab test. Conclusion: The increased risk of BBF exposure during the pandemic provides insight into the need to review the prevention practices of occupational exposure during the pandemics. Additional studies are required to define the risk of COVID-19 related to occupational exposure to BBF.

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