Needlesticks and sharps injuries are a serious hazard in the dental office. Such injuries may expose he dental worker to a potentially grave, lethal risk. The centers for disease control and prevention estimates that health-care workers sustain 385,000 needlestick and other sharps related injuries in hospital-based settings annually. This amounts to 1,000 sharps injuries daily. The most common infections occupationally transmitted via sharps injuries during patient care include hepatitis B, hepatitis C,and HIV. The CDC also notes the risk includes herpes, malaria, and tuberculosis.
Dr. James L. Johnson