Safety

Blunt needles keep surgeons sharp on safety

OSHA Healthcare Connection, August 23, 2005

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) announced on August 3 its support for the use and availability of blunt suture needles to reduce cuts and needlestick injuries that occur during operations. The ACS explained that cuts and needlestick injuries happen in approximately 1%-15% of all operations, with the most common cause of suture needle injury being the suturing of fascia, during which 59% percent of all suture needle injuries occur.

"Statement on blunt suture needles" will appear this fall in the Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons.

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