ACS recommends safety needles, double-gloving

January 2010
Hospital Infection Control & Prevention;Jan2010, Vol. 37 Issue 1, p5
The article presents information on the recent recommendations made by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) for the prevention of infections in the operating room (OR). It is stated that sharps injuries and surgical glove tears expose surgeons and OR personnel to the risk of HIV infection and other bacterial infections from patients. The ACS recommends the use of double gloves and blunt tip suture needles to reduce body fluid exposure and needle-stick injuries, respectively.


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