EPINet Data Reports

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© International Healthcare Worker Safety Center, University of Virginia

U.S. EPINet Sharps Injury and Blood and Body Fluid Exposure Surveillance Research Group

The International Healthcare Worker Safety Center at the University of Virginia has collected data on occupational exposures to bloodborne pathogens from a cumulative total of 84 hospitals in the U.S. since September 1992. Three geographically diverse groups of healthcare facilities have contributed data to the EPINet network over the last decade and a half. The first consists of nine hospitals in the eastern half of the United States (they are not otherwise affiliated). The second is a group of hospitals in South Carolina that are members of Palmetto Hospital Trust Services (PHTS), a workers' compensation self-insurance pool. The third is the Sisters of Providence Health System (now Providence Health System) in the Pacific Northwest, which participated in the EPINet network from 1993 through 2001.

All hospitals in the EPINet network participate on a voluntary basis. We are very grateful for their contribution of staff time and energy, as well as the data that is the foundation of the Center's research.

Exposure data from these healthcare facilities is collected on an annual basis, merged into an aggregate database, and analyzed using EPINet reporting software. Although participating hospitals vary in size, geographic location, and teaching status, the exposure patterns are surprisingly similar. This suggests a high degree of standardization among medical devices and procedures.

The following data are intended to be used as a reference to provide a picture of sharp-object injury and blood and body fluid exposure patterns in healthcare settings. This material may not be published in any form.

How to cite EPINet data: 

For EPINet sharps injury data, use this format:

"International Healthcare Worker Safety Center, University of Virginia. U.S. EPINet Sharps Injury and Blood and Body Fluid Exposure Surveillance Research Group. Sharps Injury Data Report for ____ [year]; __ hospitals contributing data, __ total injuries. Report available at [give URL]."  

For EPINet blood and body fluid exposure data, use this format:

"International Healthcare Worker Safety Center, University of Virginia. U.S. EPINet Sharps Injury and Blood and Body Fluid Exposure Surveillance Research Group. Blood and Body Fluid Exposure Report for ____ [year]; [#] hospitals contributing data, [#] total exposures. Report available at [give URL]."

For questions about any of the data reports, contact Ginger Parker at gingerparker@virginia.edu.

EPINet Sharp-Object Injury and Blood and Body Fluid Exposure Reports by year (1997-2011, most recent first)

Note: The 2005 and 2006 reports were first posted in November 2008; these reports were updated on January 28, 2009. The data that were changed on the reports were the overall number of hospitals contributing data and the average daily census and number of exposures for teaching and non-teaching hospitals (these data are found at the top of each report). All other data in the reports remain the same. 

   2011 Sharp object injury report
  2011 Blood and body fluid exposure report
   2010 Sharp object injury report

   2010 Blood and body fluid exposure report 
   2009 Sharp object injury report
  2009 Blood and body fluid exposure report
   2008 Sharp object injury report
  2008 Blood and body fluid exposure report
   2007 Sharp-object injury report
  2007 Blood and body fluid exposure report
   2006 Sharp object injury report
   2006 Blood and body fluid exposure report
   2005 Sharp object injury report
  2005 Blood and body fluid exposure report

   2004 Sharp object injury report
  2004 Blood and body fluid exposure report

 2003 Sharp object injury report
 2003 Blood and body fluid exposure report
  2002 Sharp object injury report
 2002 Blood and body fluid exposure report
 2001 Sharp object injury report
 2001 Blood and body fluid exposure report
 2000 Sharp object injury report
 2000 Blood and body fluid exposure report
 1999 Sharp object injury report
 1999 Blood and body fluid exposure report
 1998 Sharp object injury report
 1998 Blood and body fluid exposure report
 1997 Sharp object injury report
 1997 Blood and body fluid exposure report
 

EPINet data for 1994-1998 and  2000-2006

(cited in "The Impact of U.S. Policies to protect healthcare workers from bloodborne pathogens: the critical role of safety-engineered devices", Journal of Infection and Public Health 2008;1:62-71.)


Reports on subsets of data

In addition to annual general reports, EPINet is capable of generating reports on subsets of exposure data (i.e., for specific job categories, locations, devices, mechanisms of exposure, etc.). The following reports, based on 1993-1995 EPINet data, provide an example of such targeted reports. NOTE: We are in the process of updating these reports to reflect more recent EPINet data.

Researchers can request customized data reports by contacting Ginger Parker, EPINet Program Coordinator (gingerparker@virginia.edu). If the request is approved, you will be asked to provide your name, affiliation, the the purpose of the requested report (i.e., how the data will be used), and complete contact information.


  Category-specific sharp object injury reports
  Category-specific blood and body fluid exposure reports