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Ouch! Stuck by a Needle … Again Dr. Kelly's 4 rules for preventing sharps injuries. O ne of the most agonizing moments in surgery for me is the dreaded needlestick. Yes, after 26 years of doing this most wonderful of vocations, I still experience surgical misadven- tures whereupon I pierce my integument with a pointed object, already bathed in the patient's bodily fluids. Essentially bodily punctures are the result of a momentary lapse of concentration, where the surgeon, nurse or tech simply forgets that there is a sharp object in the vicinity. Most surgeons possess at least a small measure of ADHD. That is why we all love to operate. The thrill of surgery fulfills our need for stimula- tion. Problem is, when the excitement of reducing the rotator cuff tear totally occupies our attention, there is simply little room for awareness of neighboring sharp objects. 1 4 2 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • O C T O B E R 2 0 1 6 Cutting Remarks John D. Kelly IV, MD

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