Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and Immunology
Letter to the Editor
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health mandates that all Massachusetts hospitals maintain an active log to track sharps injuries due to the health risks related to such injuries. These logs are used to guide continuous quality improvement activities aimed at preventing sharps injuries. A review of sharps injuries at UMass Memorial Medical Center (UMMMC) in 2013 showed a seemingly high incidence occurring among healthcare workers who were administering local anesthesia. We undertook an investigation of the relative rate of needlesticks associated with local anesthesia administration compared to the rate of all sharps injuries over a 10-year period.
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Citation: Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2015 Dec;36(12):1487-8. doi: 10.1017/ice.2015.229. Epub 2015 Oct 9. Link to article on publisher's site
Martin, Hannah; Hermos, Christina; Barysauskas, Constance M.; Bradbury, Susan L.; Sullivan, Susan; and Ellison, Richard T. III, "Accidental Needlestick Exposures linked to the Administration of Local Anesthesia by Healthcare Workers" (2015). Infectious Diseases and Immunology Publications and Presentations. 215.