Elephant in the room is patient on the table

January 2010
Hospital Infection Control & Prevention;Jan2010, Vol. 37 Issue 1, p4
The article focuses on the reporting of surgical injuries of patients to prevent HIV transmission to patients from surgeons in the operating room. According to Martin A. Makary, an associate professor of surgery, the prompt reporting of all needlestick injuries is critical to ensure proper medical care. Makary says that many surgeons are silent HIV carriers, and a single needlestick injury could contaminate a surgical wound with a single drop of blood, resulting in HIV transmission.


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