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Sharps Injuries: The Risks and Relevance to Plastic Surgeons

Waljee, Jennifer F. M.D., M.S.; Malay, Sunitha M.P.H.; Chung, Kevin C. M.D., M.S.

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery:
doi: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e3182818bae
Reconstructive: Trunk: Special Topics
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Abstract

Summary: Surgeons are at risk for injury in the operating room daily. Because of the ubiquity of occupational hazards, injuries remain prevalent and expensive. Although occupational hazards can include musculoskeletal conditions, psychosocial stress, radiation exposure, and the risk of communicable diseases, sharps injuries remain the most common among surgeons in practice and the most frequent route of transmission of blood-borne pathogens. Therefore, increased attention to the health, economic, personal, and social implications of these injuries is essential for appropriate management and future prevention.

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Ann Arbor, Mich.

From the Section of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Michigan Health System.

Received for publication September 7, 2012; accepted October 3, 2012.

Disclosure: The authors have no potential conflicts of interest to declare.

Kevin C. Chung, M.D., M.S.; 1500 East Medical Center Drive, 2130 Taubman Center, SPC 5340, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, Mich. 48109-0340, kecchung@med.umich.edu

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