TITLE

Blunt assessment: Surgeons stuck by suture needles endanger themselves and patients

PUB. DATE
January 2010
SOURCE
Hospital Infection Control & Prevention;Jan2010, Vol. 37 Issue 1, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on the use of blunt suture needles by surgeons in the U.S. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), employers must use safer devices to replace conventional sharp-tip suture needles. It is stated that the use of blunt suture needles on a widespread basis for doing internal suturing could have a big impact on reducing needlestick injuries in surgical settings. INSET: Safety checklist for the OR.
ACCESSION #
48343876

 

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