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Needles and Pins

A Case Study in the Management of Occupational Percutaneous Exposure


Lynn Austin
Allied Health
Western Kentucky University


This case, designed for medical students, dental students, and dental hygiene students, covers the steps involved in preventing and responding to accidental needle sticks in the clinical setting.  The case is particularly helpful for use with student prior to the beginning of clinical rotations so that they understand and review prevention and post-exposure procedures and protocols.

  • Understand proper post-exposure protocol.
  • Know the relative risks of HIV and hepatitis transmission in a dental setting.
  • Develop an acceptable method of needle recapping.
  • Gain an appreciation for importance of confidentiality of medical records.
Keywords: Needlestick; needle stick; acquired immunodeficiency syndrome; AIDS; human immunodeficiency virus; HIV; hepatitis
Topical Area: Ethics
Educational Level: Graduate, Professional (degree program), Clinical education
Formats: PDF
Type/Method: Interrupted
Language: English
Subject Headings: Dental Medicine   Medicine (General)   Nursing  
Date Posted: 9/30/99
Date Modified: N/A
Copyright: Copyright held by the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Please see our usage guidelines, which outline our policy concerning permissible reproduction of this work.

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