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Promote widespread discussion about blunt-tip sutures

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February 1, 2010

A new study examining needlestick injuries and physician attitudes toward blunt-tip sutures indicates that operating rooms (ORs) remain marooned in the last millennium.
Although statistics show that blunt-tip sutures help reduce injury rates for every staff member participating in a surgery, many physicians still won’t use them.

A safety officer’s first task is to get surgeons to use blunt-tip sutures more often and provide OR nurses with a voice in the decision, because it is nurses who take on much of the injury risk.

Although statistics show that blunt-tip sutures help reduce injury rates for every staff member participating in a surgery, many physicians still won’t use them.



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