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Tip of the week: Reinforce needlestick safety with your medical students

Hospital Safety Insider, December 2, 2009

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If your facility is a teaching hospital or you otherwise have medical students in your building, you may want to offer refresher education about needlestick injuries based on the results of a new study.
 
“Needlestick injuries and underreporting of these injuries are common among medical students and place them at risk for hepatitis and human immunodeficiency virus,” according to an abstract from a study published in the December 2009 issue of Academic Medicine. “Strategies aimed at improving reporting systems and creating a culture of reporting should be implemented by medical centers. “
 
Researchers polled 699 recent medical school graduates about needlestick injuries during medical school. Results indicated the following:
  • 59% of respondents suffered needlesticks as students
  • Those who were stuck were more likely to sustain a similar injury during medical residency
  • 47% of those receiving sticks didn’t report their injury to employee health
For more thoughts on these results, visit our sister blog, OSHA Healthcare Advisor.



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