COVID-19 and How Medical Staff Can Keep Safe

According to WHO (World Health Organisation), the latest coronavirus, COVID-19, is on the brink of becoming a global pandemic. Health care workers treating sick patients are among the most likely to catch it. This amounts to an extremely challenging and chaotic environment that front-line medical staff has to deal with - the long hours, potential medical supply shortages, and of course, risks to their own personal health and that of their loved ones. Medical health professionals are expected to be there, stay there, and take care of those infected. 

The amount of undue stress makes you forget and take shortcuts. To be safe, always remember to wash your hands frequently and thoroughly for at least 20 seconds, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water aren’t available. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth; and practice respiratory hygiene. 

When medical staff are treating people that are possible infected, they should use proper PPE (personal protective equipment). This includes powered air purifying respirators (PAPRs), an N95 mask, eye protection, gloves, and gown. But these requirements can change at anytime, and the healthcare professional can stay in the PPE for only so long. To make sure you're properly protected, get the latest training on PPE.

Remember: it is very important that you keep safe so that other people can depend on you. 
Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. 

How Sharps and Needlestick Injuries Affect Medical Students

Sharps and needlestick injuries are a serious occupational health risk for those in the healthcare industry. This is especially true for medical students who still lack the clinical experience and expertise needed to properly handle and care for sharps. There’s an inverse correlation between students who’ve had more experience and sharps injury rates - which suggests that more experienced students have less sharps injuries. 

According to a recent study conducted at the University of St Andrews in Scotland UK over a 5-year period, for every 1000 hours of scalpel usage in a dissecting laboratory there were 35 injuries. Over a fifth of the medical student population have had a sharps or needlestick injury. And more worryingly, nearly half of the students did not report the incident.

Although the risk of blood-borne infections - Hepatitis B and C, or even HIV, from a single sharps injury is low, its consequences to an infected medical student can impact their long-term health. It might also have career-lasting impacts as it may restrict their career pathways.

In the same study the authors conclude that, “The following factors have contributed to increased safety influencing frequency rates: single-handed blade removal systems; mandatory personal protective equipment; and having only one student dissecting at a given time.”
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