2016 Volume 92 Issue 5-6 Pages 63-70
We reviewed papers published from 2006 to 2015 to grasp the reported rate of needlestick injuries in Japan. The papers are classified into two groups by method of investigating the reported rate: one group is investigating the rate of reported workers to all workers who have experienced needlestick injuries, and the other group is investigating the rate of reported cases to all needlestick injuries. The former was major than the latter. In either group, many papers said that the reported rate was less than 50%. The main reasons for unreported are that needles were unused, that patients did not have infection, and that they were too busy. We need to educate health care workers to always report when they experience a needlestick injury, including a case in which a needle is unused.