Percutaneous injury during dermatologic surgery

T. A. Kaspar, Richard Wagner

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An anonymous survey was conducted among 100 randomly selected fellows of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. Forty-one respondents provided information about their experience with percutaneous injury. Causes of injury during 6278 invasive procedures performed during a 1-month period included suture needlesticks (two injuries), injection needlestick (one), needle recapping (one), scalpel blade (one), skin hook (one), and an injury during the transport of an instrument (one). Dermatologic surgeons were more likely to injure their dominant fingers. Attitudes of dermatologic surgeons were surveyed regarding operating on patients while the physician or assistant was actively infected with human immunodeficiency virus, hepatitis B virus, herpetic whitlow, or paronychia caused by Staphylococcus aureus. Dermatologic surgeons believed that they should be allowed to operate while infected with human immunodeficiency virus (41.5%), hepatitis B virus (40%), herpetic whitlow (25%), and paronychia caused by S. aureus (20%). Few dermatologic surgeons would disclose preoperatively to patients infections present in themselves or in operating team members that were due to human immunodeficiency virus (29.4%), hepatitis B virus (27.8%), herpetic whitlow (28.6%), or paronychia caused by S. aureus (33.3%).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)756-759
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Volume24
Issue number5 I
StatePublished - 1991

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Dermatologic Surgical Procedures
Paronychia
Hepatitis B virus
Needlestick Injuries
Staphylococcus aureus
Wounds and Injuries
HIV
Physician Assistants
Sutures
Fingers
Needles
Skin
Injections
Surgeons
Infection
Surveys and Questionnaires

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Percutaneous injury during dermatologic surgery. / Kaspar, T. A.; Wagner, Richard.

In: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, Vol. 24, No. 5 I, 1991, p. 756-759.

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