Needles and Pins
A Case Study in the Management of Occupational Percutaneous Exposure
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.
KeywordsNeedlestick; needle stick; acquired immunodeficiency syndrome; AIDS; human immunodeficiency virus; HIV; hepatitis
Educational LevelGraduate, Professional (degree program), Clinical education
Type / MethodsInterrupted
Subject HeadingsDental Medicine | Medicine (General) | Nursing |