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Research Letter
November 4, 2020

Needlestick and Sharps Injuries Among Resident Physicians

Author Affiliations
  • 1The Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology, New York University Grossman School of Medicine, New York
JAMA Surg. 2021;156(1):96-97. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2020.4112

Needlestick and other sharps injuries (NSI) are an important occupational hazard, and approximately 600 000 to 800 000 NSI events were reported annually in US hospital settings as of 1999.1 These events carry risk of bloodborne pathogen transmission, as well as psychosocial and financial burdens. The cost associated with an NSI could range from $500 to $3000 (as of 2000), depending on the treatment provided.2 Protecting health care workers against NSIs is an important component of workplace safety, and resident physicians are among those at risk. Physicians in training, particularly surgical residents, frequently report NSIs.3

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