Needlestick injury as a medical student

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Intravenous literature: Los Angeles Times report “A new study finds that medical students often come in too-close contact with needles, possibly putting them at risk for contracting HIV or hepatitis C. But not all report their injuries. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences surveyed 699 surgeons-in-training at 17 general surgery residency programs around the U.S.

Almost 60% said they sustained a needle-stick injury as a medical student, with many suffering two injuries. Of the 89 study participants who had their most recent needle-stick in medical school, a little less than half didn’t report the injury to an employee health service. The most common reason? Filling out a report was too time-consuming.”

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