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Training can prevent needlestick injuries from going unreported

Residency Program Insider, January 12, 2010

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Medical residents often fail to report needlestick incidents, which can put them at risk for blood-borne diseases, a recent study shows.

Of 699 surgery residents surveyed, 59% reported they had been stuck by a needle more than once, according to the report that was published in this month's issue of Academic Medicine. However, about half of those residents failed to report the incident to hospital officials. Not reporting such incidents means that the residents do not receive treatment to prevent infections, such as HIV or hepatitis C.

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