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Document ID (ISN)108119
CIS number 08-711
Year 2007
Convention or series no. DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No.2008-101
Title Use of blunt-tip suture needles to decrease percutaneous injuries to surgical personnel
Bibliographic information Publications Dissemination, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), 4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45226-2001, USA, Oct. 2007. 4p. Illus. 9 ref.
Internet access [in English]
Abstract The objectives of this information bulletin are to describe the hazard of sharp-tip suture needles as a source of percutaneous injuries to surgical personnel. It also presents evidence of the effectiveness of blunt-tip suture needles in decreasing percutaneous injuries to surgical personnel, particularly when used to suture muscle and fascia. Finally, it emphasizes OSHA's requirement and NIOSH's recommendation to use safer medical devices such as blunt-tip suture needles where clinically appropriate.
Descriptors (primary) USA; operating theatres; safe working methods; needle-stick injuries; health care personnel; surgical treatment
Descriptors (secondary) description of equipment; data sheet; substitution; public OSH institutions
Document type F - Information notes, codes of practice, standards
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Mechanical hazards, transport
Browse category(ies) Health care services