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Hand injuries during hand surgery: a survey of intraoperative sharp injuries of the hand among hand surgeons.

Authors
  • Lopez, R A
  • Rayan, G M
  • Monlux, R
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Hand Surgery (European Volume)
Publisher
SAGE Publications
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2008
Volume
33
Issue
5
Pages
661–666
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/1753193408090125
PMID: 18977837
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

An e-mail survey comprising 19 questions was directed towards members of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) to investigate the prevalence and nature of intraoperative injuries to hand surgeons during hand surgery. The responses were collected, statistical analysis was done and trends were extrapolated. Two hundred members of the ASSH completed the e-mail survey. A hand surgeon in practice for greater than 10 years has a 97% chance of sustaining an intraoperative "sharps" injury. The injury is self-inflicted (88%) in most cases and the index finger (94%) of the left hand (87%) is the most likely site. The suture needle was the cause in 91% of cases. Awareness of the risks and factors associated with hand injuries during hand surgery and adopting intraoperative measures are important strategies for preventing these potentially serious and life-threatening accidents.

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