Increase in needle related compensation claims reported by Ontario board.
TORONTO -- Ontario's Workplace and Safety Insurance Board, the largest in Canada, recorded a "huge" increase in needle related compensation claims since the early 1990's, according to information published by the National Post.
In 2001 the WSIB WSIB Workplace Safety and Insurance Board
WSIB Washington State Investment Board recorded more than 2,000 claims by workers who have been pricked with potentially hazardous hypodermic needles as opposed to less than 30 similar WSIB claims in the early 1990's. For the most part, nurses and other healthcare workers are injured in so-called needlestick claims, but other workers, such as parks and recreation workers are also exposed to needlestick injuries when cleaning parks and other recreational grounds.
Workers who are injured through needle pricks may be exposed to infectious diseases, such as Hepatitis C Hepatitis C Definition
Hepatitis C is a form of liver inflammation that causes primarily a long-lasting (chronic) disease. Acute (newly developed) hepatitis C is rarely observed as the early disease is generally quite mild. and HIV HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus), either of two closely related retroviruses that invade T-helper lymphocytes and are responsible for AIDS. There are two types of HIV: HIV-1 and HIV-2. HIV-1 is responsible for the vast majority of AIDS in the United States. , and often undergo a draining course of prophylactic medication to stop potential illness.
Kathleen Connors, president of the Canadian Federation of Nurses' Unions, blames the increase in needlestick claims on the shortage of nurses. "I think it's a hidden epidemic because I think there are many unreported injuries. Workloads are extremely heavy, so you take shortcuts See Win Shortcuts. and that leads to injury."
However, a WSIB spokesperson believes the increase in the number of claims has more to do with increased awareness about new and emerging infectious disease An emerging infectious disease (EID) is an infectious disease whose incidence has increased in the past 20 years and threatens to increase in the near future. EIDs include diseases caused by a newly identified microorganism or newly identified strain of a known microorganism (e.g. than an actual spike in the number of incidents.