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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 47-52

Cost of postexposure management of occupational sharp injuries in an Indian tertiary health care facility: A prospective observational study in a tertiary care hospital

1 Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care, Pain Relief and Infection Control, Fortis Hospitals, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Microbiology, Fortis Hospitals, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
3 Department of Anesthesia, Fortis Hospitals, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
4 Department of Infection Control Nursing, Fortis Hospitals, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

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Dr. Murali Chakravarthy
Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care, Pain Relief and Infection Control, Fortis Hospitals, Bannerughatta Road, Bangalore - 560 076, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2319-1880.174349

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Introduction: Sharp injuries are not uncommon among healthcare workers and costs of post ex-posure management go unmeasured, because a few aspects of it are potential costs due to medi-co-legal and psychological issues which indeed are unmeasurable.Many healthcare institutions even in India are obliged to carry out investigations and provide treatment in the event of sharp injury from an infected patient. These cost the healthcare facility. Aim: In an attempt to understand the direct cost of post exposure management, we carried out this prospective observational study. Results: There were two hundred and three sharp injuries at our institution from the year 2007 to 2014. In our study the total cost of post exposure management was INR 423,555/- and approxi-mate mean cost per sharp injury was INR 2100/-. Several workers from developed countries showed that it made economic sense to use safety engineered products rather than manage sharp injuries. This however might not be acceptable verbatim in developing countries counties such India. Conclusion: Time has come for governments and producers of safety engineered devices to arrive at a formula in making safety engineered devices are available to healthcare workers of India at cost lower than that of developed countries.

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