Study finds "sharps" injuries are major hazard in the OR

04/5/2013 | Philly.com (Philadelphia)

Injuries from sharp medical instruments can be associated with a higher risk of blood infections, including HIV and hepatitis B, among surgeons and other operating room personnel, according to a study published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Around 400,000 such injuries occur annually in the U.S., researchers said, and 25% of the injuries involve surgeons, who are most at risk while in the operating room.

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