Reducing risk and enhancing education: U.S. medical students on global health electives

Michael J A Reid, Nancy Biller, Sarah M. Lyon, John P. Reilly, Jessica Merlin, Matthew Dacso, Harvey M. Friedman

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This study assessed the impact of several interventions, including predeparture simulation training and procedure logs, on incidence needlestick injuries (NSIs) among U.S. medical students on global health (GH) elective in Botswana. Review of NSI incident reports before and after introduction of these interventions demonstrated a reduction in the number of splash and body fluid exposures (n = 5 [6%] vs n = 21 [23%]; P < .001), respectively. Simple predeparture training is highly effective in reducing NSIs among students participating in GH electives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1319-1321
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Infection Control
Issue number12
StatePublished - 2014



  • Global health
  • Medical student
  • Needlestick injury
  • Occupational health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Medicine(all)
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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