Needlestick injuries

Estimated 600-800,000 annually reported in the U.S.

More than 385,000 needlestick injuries occur annually among US hospital employees according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A common occupational hazard for healthcare workers.

Hazards are due to sero-conversion risk.

Substantial und2242eporting results in an underestimation of the magnitude of the problem.

All health care workers utilizing sharp instruments are at risk of injury. especially in operating room settings.

20-38% of surgical procedures in an urban academic hospital involved staff exposure to HIV, hepatitis C and hepatitis B.

Virtually all surgical residents have a needlestick injury by their final year of training.

Frequency of needlestick injuries higher among surgical trainees than medical trainees by a factor of 6.

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