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Title: Needlestick Injuries Among Health Care Workers
Type: Pie Chart with 9 segments
...nurses are the most frequently injured in hospitals. Nurses reported almost 50% of the 3,552 exposures. The reasons for this high percentage include the larger number of nurses employed in the hospital setting as compared to other groups, the higher rate of reporting compliance, and the high proportion of nursing tasks which involve needles. Physicians rank second in number of exposures at 12.6%. Nursing assistants and housekeepers/laundry workers report 5.3% and 5.1% of the exposures respectively. The large "other" category in this pie chart includes students, respiratory therapists, dental workers, emergency personnel, IV teams, dialysis workers, and other "others".