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Anaesthesia. 1990 Aug;45(8):677-8.

Needlestick injuries in anaesthetists.

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Department of Anaesthesia, St James' University Hospital, Leeds.


A survey of needlestick injuries among 42 anaesthetists at this university hospital was carried out over a 3-month period to ascertain the rate of occurrence and the extent to which a revised protocol for the management of such injuries was followed. There were nine reported incidents, of which six were with contaminated needles. Three were reported. Eight anaesthetists had not taken up immunisation against hepatitis B. The rationale behind the revised protocol, and possible reasons for poor compliance are discussed.

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