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Research Letter
December 5, 2018

Comparison of Injuries From Sharps Among Resident Physicians Within Dermatology and Other Medical and Surgical Specialties

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Dermatology, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City
JAMA Dermatol. Published online December 5, 2018. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2018.4468

Injuries from sharps represent a safety concern in the form of exposure to bloodborne pathogens, as well as a financial burden on health care systems, with a mean cost per injury of $750 in 2015.1-3 About 18% of the approximate 385 000 annual injuries from sharps in the United States are incurred by resident physicians, and it has been previously suggested that dermatology residents are at a particularly high risk of such injuries.2,4,5 There is currently a lack of published information concerning resident-specific data (aside from simple injury frequencies), data on how injuries from sharps vary between specialties (aside from total injury frequencies), and nonsurvey-based data.2,4-6 The goal of this study is to assess whether the nature of injuries from sharps among University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center dermatology residents is demonstrably different compared with injuries from sharps among residents in other medical and surgical specialties.

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