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'Sharps' Injuries Pose Serious Hazard for Surgeons, O.R. Staff

Posted 4 Apr 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 4 – Injuries caused by sharp medical instruments are a major hazard for surgeons and other operating room staff, and put them at risk for infection with serious diseases, according to experts. Nearly 400,000 "sharps" injuries occur each year in the United States, and about 25 percent of those injuries occur among surgeons, with their risk at the highest while in the operating room, said Dr. Kevin Chung and colleagues at the University of Michigan Health System. Because fatigue and inexperience contribute to sharps injuries, residents and medical students are also at high risk, the study authors noted in their report, which is published in the April issue of the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. "Despite health care policies designed to protect health care workers, [sharps] injuries remain common," the investigators stated. The biggest concern for those at risk ... Read more

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