Sharp Dangers

The preceding article, written by Cathleen Alty, discussed the prevalence of percutaneous injuries in the dental setting. These accidents usually result because of haste or a distraction when handling syringes or other sharp instruments. Has it happened to you? If so, what was your reaction?

Mar 1st, 1996

The preceding article, written by Cathleen Alty, discussed the prevalence of percutaneous injuries in the dental setting. These accidents usually result because of haste or a distraction when handling syringes or other sharp instruments. Has it happened to you? If so, what was your reaction?

If you have been injured by a sharps, how did it happen? Was it during a dental procedure? While cleaning? Sharpening the instrument?

What was your reaction to the injury? How did you respond from a first aid perspective? Did you report the incident to your employer? Did he or she report the incident to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration?

Were you concerned about contracting a disease as a result from contaminated sharps? How did you cope with any stress that occurred as a result of the injury? Has the incident caused you to change the way you work?

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