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Prospective study of community needlestick injuries
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    Re: Community needlestick injuries may still be dangerous
    • Nick V Makwana, Paediatric Registrar
    • Other Contributors:
      • F. A.I. Riordan

    Dear Editor

    We were interested to read this letter. The authors feel that children with community needlestick injuries’ should be treated the same as healthcare workers. This seems to miss the point of our paper. Hospital needlestick injuries are very different to out-of-hospital needlestick injuries: the blood is generally dry so therefore less likely to be infectious1, the injuries are often superficial: again...

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    Community needlestick injuries may still be dangerous
    • James L Derrick, Specialist Anaesthetist
    • Other Contributors:
      • Charles D. Gomersall

    Dear Editor,

    We read with interest the report by Makwana and Riordan on community needlestick injuries in children. We do not believe, however, that the authors have presented sufficient data to support their conclusion that routine follow up after community needlestick injury is unnecessary.

    In their study only 25 children had complete serological follow-up. Their literature review cites three additional...

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