Workplace Exposures

Janet T. Lee, Wolfgang B. Gaertner

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Workplace exposure in colorectal surgery is unique compared with other surgical specialties and generally underreported. Although the most common device-associated exposure in surgery is suture needle injury, colorectal surgeons are increasingly exposed to gastrointestinal-related infectious agents, radiation, and other hazards in multiple different clinical settings. Highlighting the unique workplace exposures in colorectal surgery may help increase awareness, improve education, and identify possible targets for early intervention in order to minimize these risks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)435-441
Number of pages7
JournalClinics in Colon and Rectal Surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2019

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  • colon and rectal surgery
  • infectious risk
  • needlestick injury
  • system-based practice
  • workplace exposure


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