I read the paper by Bali et al. with interest.
1They report that 40 needlestick injuries (although the term “sharps injury” is probably more accurate) were sustained by 12 residents in a year during procedures using intermaxillary fixation (IMF). This represented an incidence of 40%. The lifetime risks of a healthcare professional acquiring any blood-borne viral infection (BBV) can be calculated by multiplying the number of sharps injuries by the percentage chance of contracting the infection by the prevalence of the infection in the population treated by the surgeon by the number of years of practise.
- Bali R.
- Sharma P.
- Garg A.
Incidence and patterns of needlestick injuries during intermaxillary fixation.
Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2011; 49: 221-224
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