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Zentralbl Chir. 1996;121(1):30-4.

[The risk of needle-stick-injuries during abdominal closure].

[Article in German]

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  • 1Chirurgische Universitätsklinik Würzburg.


A randomized study is being presented, which compares closure of laparotomy with 2 different needles (sharp: HR48, blunt: HR48PP = protect point). Handling and glove perforation rate is to be compared. 400 gloves in 100 laparotomies have been tested. Slightly more effort was reported from the surgeon to perforate the fascia with the blunt needle, but there was also a significantly lower perforation rate in the glove of his non-dominant hand. To avoid a contamination during operation the use of blunt needles has to be recommended.

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