Background: We developed a 50-item questionnaire to assess emergency department (ED) staff members' knowledge of bloodborne pathogen transmission, compliance with Universal Precautions, and the use of personal protective equipment. Method: A questionnaire was administered to 103 ED staff members including physicians, nurses, and technicians at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St Louis, a Level-I trauma center. Results: ED personnel had inadequate knowledge of bloodborne pathogen infection risk, underreported exposures, and underused personal protection equipment during trauma cases. Conclusion: Further educational interventions for ED personnel are needed to increase their compliance with Universal Precautions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)453-455
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Infection Control
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1999


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