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Can Vet J. 2008 Aug;49(8):780-4.

Needlestick injuries in veterinary medicine.

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  • 1Department of Pathobiology, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario. jsweese@uoguelph.ca

Abstract

Needlestick injuries are an inherent risk of handling needles during the course of veterinary practice. While significant effort has been expended to reduce needlestick injuries in human medicine, a relatively lax approach seems to be prevalent in veterinary medicine. It appears that needlestick injuries are very common among veterinary personnel and that serious adverse effects, while uncommon, do occur. Clients may also receive injuries in clinics during the course of animal restraint, and at home following prescription of injectable medications or fluids. Because of occupational health, personal health, and liability concerns, veterinary practices should review the measures they are taking to reduce the likelihood of needlestick injuries and develop written needlestick injury avoidance protocols.

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18978971
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PMC2465782
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