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Occupational accidents with biological materials: the injured professional?s perception.

by Damaceno, Ariadna Pires

Abstract (Summary)
Occupational accidents involving biological materials may bring physical and psychological consequences to the injured professional Many workers commonly give less attention to such events not applying preventive steps as recommended for those procedures which represent risks to their health This paper aims at reporting the workers? perception and undertanding on the context involving the accident with biological material including experimented feelings, reactions as well as actions taken The research has been done according to the presumptions of qualitative research and data was analysed in accordance with content analysis technique Data was collected by using questionnaires applied to health-care workers linked with a health care institution and later by an interview with the injured workers from an emergency and urgency reference unit in the city of Goiânia Firstly 382 health-care workers answered a questionnaire in order to identify those who had already suffered an accident 39 of those who had had an accident have participated in the interview concerning aspects related to the accidents The main causes to the accidents mentioned were: unattention non-adoption of preventive steps severity of injured patients hurry due to work overload and appliance structure and material-related deficiencies Among the feelings experimented we could highlight: insecurity fearing infection worries about the family rage and even calmness About half of the workers have reported that the accident had not brought any consequence into their lives The others reported that it had provided them with learning and growth All workers reported awareness of the risks related to the accident however we could note several inadequate conduct in their reports 18 professionals reported all the accidents they had 12 never reported any and 9 reported only those considered most serious Many manifested some difficulty in specifying the protective equipment used on the day of the accident mainly due to the amount of time from the day of the event to the research date The workers? perception of such phenomenon is very different from one another regarding the same kind of accident Data shows the need of worker´s health self-valuing as well as programs aimed at improving the occupational safety
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Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Milca Severino Pereira

School:Universidade Federal de Goiás

School Location:Brazil

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:occupational accidents occupationalrisk health

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Date of Publication:03/21/2005

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