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Use of blunt-tip suture needles to decrease percutaneous injuries to surgical personnel. Safety and health information bulletin (Supersedes 2007-132).
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2008-101, 2007 Oct; :1-4
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Bloodborne-pathogens; Health-care-personnel; Physicians; Nurses; Surgeons; Injury-prevention; Accident-prevention; Needlestick-injuries; Engineering-controls; Control-technology; Surveillance-programs
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DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2008-101
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