Saturday, December 05, 2009

Med students and residents under report needle sticks

From the New York Times article:
Surgical students are frequently stuck by needles, but many students don’t bother reporting the injuries, a new study found.

Researchers from Johns Hopkins University surveyed 699 recent medical school graduates who had trained to become surgeons at 17 medical centers in the United States. The survey found that 59 percent had been stuck by a needle at some point during medical school, according to the study, in the December issue of Academic Medicine.
In the Johns Hopkins survey, about half the victims of a needle stick didn’t report the injury to hospital officials. The most common reason cited for not reporting a needle stick was the amount of time and paperwork required to make a report.
Click here to access the NYT article. Click here to access the Academic Medicine article.

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