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Needlestick avoidance training

Greater surgical experience was found to reduce the rate of needlestick injuries among residential surgeons at a hospital in Wisconsin, US. A retrospective review of OH records and operative case logs demonstrated a lower exposure rate among senior and chief residents compared with junior residents (p < 0.0001).However, enhanced training based on a video outlining surgical risks and specific countermeasures made no significant difference to the recorded injury rate.

Journal of Surgical Education 2007; 64(6): 395–398.  http://www.jsurged.org/article/S1931-7204(07)00115-8/abstract

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Occupational Health at Work February/March 2008 (vol. 04/5) pp37