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Needles and Pins

A Case Study in the Management of Occupational Percutaneous Exposure


Author(s)

Lynn Austin
Allied Health
Western Kentucky University
lynn.austin@wku.edu

Abstract

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.


Objectives

  • 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 Areas

Ethics

Educational Level

Graduate, Professional (degree program), Clinical education

Format

PDF

Type / Methods

Interrupted

Language

English

Subject Headings

Dental Medicine  |   Medicine (General)  |   Nursing  |  


Date Posted

9/30/99

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