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Friday, September 12 • 1:50pm - 2:50pm
B012 Prevention and Treatment of Needle Stick Injuries (Intermediate)

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Topic Overview:

There is a high incidence of needlestick exposures related to needlestick injuries associated with the use of needles and surgical procedures. Many of these procedures are performed in the operating room. One such means to reduce needlestick injuries is to use safety needles. Another means is the use of blunt needles, but these can only be used for fascia tissue and not for skin closure or securing procedural lines. Studies have found that suturing was one of the most frequent causes of needlestick, ranging from 16.7% to <100% of the providers. There are little or no educational materials directed at suturing and proper suture technique. Suturing is performed in many settings, not only in the surgical suite, but also in emergency departments, clinics, and on medical and surgical floors. There is a need to educate healthcare providers on how to reduce the incidence of needlesticks from the use of needles and from exposures associated with suturing. Trending of needlestick injuries, staff education and modifications of needle devices and techniques will also be discussed in the presentation. The treatment of needlestick injuries is rapidly evolving to prevent serious viral infections. This presentation will review the means to reduce needlestick injuries and the most up-to-date treatment of these injuries.



  1. Identify the incidence of needlestick injuries.
  2. Recognize techniques to reduce needlestick injuries.
  3. Review proper suture procedure.
  4. Discuss the proper treatment of needlestick injuries.

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Leslie S. Zun, MD, MBA

Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, Sinai Health System
Dr. Leslie S. Zun is the System Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine in the Sinai Health System in Chicago, IL, and Chairman and Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Psychiatry, at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science/Chicago Medical School in North Chicago, IL. His background includes a medical degree from Rush Medical College and a business degree from... Read More →

Friday September 12, 2014 1:50pm - 2:50pm
Bayside B&C 4/F

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