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Table 1 Comparison of work-related emergency department records and workers’ compensation claims associated with needlestick injuries (NSIs)

From: Trends in needlestick injury incidence following regulatory change in Ontario, Canada (2004–2012): an observational study

  2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 % change
2006 vs 2011
WSIB, health & social services sector  
A) NSIs (N) 1373 1260 1249 1181 1165 1159 959 933 1011  
FTEs 305113 310453 318192 324655 334222 342223 340168 344874 360998  
Rate per 10,000 FTEs 45.0 40.6 39.3 36.4 34.9 33.9 28.2 27.1 28.0 −31.0%
WSIB, all sectors           
B) NSIs (N) 1975 1937 1946 1898 1910 1824 1603 1536 1635  
FTEs 4248946 4307323 4297172 4299509 4276161 4107249 4164844 4239941 4323254  
Rate per 10,000 FTEs 4.6 4.5 4.5 4.4 4.5 4.4 3.8 3.6 3.8 −20.0%
Ratio of A:B 0.7 0.7 0.64 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6  
Work-related ED records, health & social services sector         
NSIs (N)    527 502 484 430 379 361   
FTEs    558229 589540 609035 617463 630810 674658   
Rate per 10,000 FTEs    9.44 8.52 7.95 6.96 6.01 5.35   −43.3%
Work-related ED records, all sectors         
NSIs (N)    821 806 794 677 633 594   
FTEs    6116987 6204218 6262973 6055440 6189746 6289157   
Rate per 10,000 FTEs    1.34 1.30 1.27 1.12 1.02 0.94   −29.6%
  1. Note: FTEs, full-time equivalents; ED, emergency department; WSIB, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.