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Out of hospital needlestick injuries.
  1. J P Wyatt,
  2. C E Robertson,
  3. W G Scobie
  1. Department of Accident and Emergency, Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh.


    Retrospective analysis showed that 67 children had presented in Edinburgh with needlestick injuries on 70 occasions over five years. Worryingly, 10 children sustained injuries pretending to be intravenous drug abusers. Despite risks of hepatitis B and HIV infection, protection and follow up were inadequate. Publicity about discarded needles and a treatment plan for use in accident and emergency departments are recommended.

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