Management of needlestick injuries in general dental practice

Smith, A.J., Cameron, S.O., Bagg, J. and Kennedy, D. (2001) Management of needlestick injuries in general dental practice. British Dental Journal, 190(12), pp. 645-650. (doi:10.1038/sj.bdj.4801064)

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Abstract

The objective of this paper is to advise on the development of practical policies for needlestick injuries in general dental practice. Policies for dealing with occupational exposure to chronic blood borne viruses, namely, hepatitis B, C and HIV are evolving. This article was particularly prompted by recent changes in post exposure prophylaxis for HIV infection. A flow chart is also included which should be of possible use in general dental practice. Needlestick injuries are of increasing concern to healthcare workers. Successful prophylaxis requires careful planning in advance. Whilst all practices should have a policy for sharps injuries, prevention of needlestick injuries remains the best policy.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Bagg, Professor Jeremy and Smith, Professor Andrew
Authors: Smith, A.J., Cameron, S.O., Bagg, J., and Kennedy, D.
Subjects:R Medicine > RK Dentistry
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing > Dental School
Journal Name:British Dental Journal
Publisher:Nature Publishing Group for the British Dental Association
ISSN:0007-0610
Copyright Holders:© Copyright British Dental Journal
First Published:First published in the British Dental Journal 190(12):645-650
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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