Compendium of current guidelines for the prevention of needlestick injuries


#IVTEAM #Intravenous literature: Samaranayake, L. and Scully, C. (2013) Needlestick and occupational exposure to infections: a compendium of current guidelines. British Dental Journal. 215(4), p.163-6.


Needlestick and occupational exposure to infections is a constant threat in dental practice. Many blood-borne infections, including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, may be contracted through this route. We provide here a useful compendium for dental practitioners on current guidelines available to obviate such threats, as well as a simple flowchart on prophylactic measures that could be taken after an accidental exposure.

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