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Table 1 Characteristics of the health care workers with occupational exposure

From: Occupational exposure to blood borne pathogens among healthcare workers: a cross-sectional study of a registry in Colombia

Sociodemographic characteristics Mean ± SD Median, IQR
Age (y) 29.5 ± 9.2 27, 28.8–48.3
  %(n/N)
Female 82.4 (1980/2403)
Urban area 69.8 (1677/2402)
Occupation %(n/N)
Nursing 47.5 (1141/2403)
Physician 13.9 (334/2403)
Student 13.1 (315/2403)
Cleaning personnel 9.6 (230/2403)
Odontology 7.3 (175/2403)
Bacteriology 4.9 (118/2403)
Surgical instrumentation 2.6 (62/2403)
Respiratory therapy 1.1 (27/2403)
Contact Mechanism %(n/N)
Hollow needle 53.0 (1272/2403)
Unspecified needle 22.8 (548/2403)
Blunt needle 10.7 (256/2403)
Mucocutaneous splash 7.9 (190/2403)
Lancet puncture 4.1 (99/2403)
Scalpel injury 1.3 (31/2403)
Contaminated glass injury 0.2 (5/2403)
Exposure Classification %(n/N)
Mild 2.7 (67/2403)
Moderate 74.8 (1798/2403)
Severe 21.9 (527/2403)
Follow up %(n/N)
Medical follow-up 33.1 (796/2403)
Infectious diseases specialist assessment 30.3 (728/2403)
Prophylactic medication 21.5 (517/2403)
  1. IQR interquartile range, SD standard deviation, y years