Letters Sharps injuries in healthcare settings

Sharps injuries in the community: lower risk than in healthcare settings

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h4766 (Published 08 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4766
  1. Joshua Osowicki, infectious diseases fellow1,
  2. Nigel Curtis, professor of paediatric infectious diseases2
  1. 1Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, Parkville, VIC 3052, Australia
  2. 2Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne, Parkville
  1. joshua.osowicki{at}rch.org.au

Riddell and colleagues highlight the importance of risk assessment in the management of healthcare related sharps injuries.1 The relatively high risks in the healthcare setting are often misapplied to community acquired sharps injuries, which are most common in young children. This causes unnecessary anxiety in families and doctors, compounded by further …

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