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Keeping Yourself Safe During Procedures
Friday, March 21
7:15 AM - 8:45 AM
Joseph Sobanko, MD, FAAD
Following this course, the attendee should be able to:
- Identify the procedures and behaviors that place dermatologists at highest risk of occupational exposures.
- Describe strategies to implement in daily practice that will help eliminate the risk of occupational exposures.
- Recognize the problem of occupational exposures within the field of medicine and those employees most susceptible to percutaneous injuries and mucocutaneous splashes.
The number of needlesticks and mucocutaneous splashes that occur in the United States is staggering. Dermatologists and their staff are particularly at risk due to the high number of in-office procedures performed. This session will help identify and correct behaviors that place the practitioner and their staff at risk before, during, and after in-office procedures. The subjects of blood-borne pathogen transmission and post-exposure prophylaxis will be discussed. Additionally, the large problem of underreporting occupational exposures among students, residents, and physicians will be addressed.