The European Biosafety Network (EBN) commissioned a survey to understand whether, why and how there has been a change in the number, type and location of sharps injuries as a result of the COVID pandemic. The survey, conducted by Ipsos MORI in March/April 2021,
included 80 of the largest hospitals in Europe, in Spain, France, Germany, Poland and Italy, covering more than 300,000 healthcare workers.
Findings showed that the number of sharps injuries has risen significantly as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, with an average reported increase of 23% over the last year (an estimated increase of 276,000 sharps injuries).
This presentation highlights several contributing factors including:
- Increased pressure/stress
- Lack of safety devices
- Covid vaccination rollout.
You can access the full presentation summarising the research by downloading the attached document.