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Medical Students' Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens in the Operating Room: 15 Years Later

  • Connie J. Chen (a1), Rachel Gallagher (a2), Linda M. Gerber (a1), Lewis M. Drusin (a1) and Richard B. Roberts (a1)...

We compared the rates of exposure to blood in the operating room among third-year medical students during 2005-2006 with the rates reported in a study completed at the same institution during 1990-1991. The number of medical students exposed to blood decreased from 66 (68%) of 97 students during 1990-1991 to 8 (11%) of 75 students during 2005-2006 (P < .001)

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Department of Epidemiology, New York-Presbyterian Hospital / Weill Cornell Medical Center, 525 E. 68th St., New York, NY 10065-4885 (
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Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology
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