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Medical emergencies 

Medical emergencies
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Medical emergencies
Author(s):

Patrick Callaghan

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199561414.003.0004
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date: 21 February 2020

Needlestick injuries 50

Shock 52

Diabetes mellitus 56

Respiratory difficulties 58

Head injury 60

Infections 62

Collapse and seizures 64

Needlestick injuries are skin punctures mainly caused by hypodermic needles, or other sharp instruments, including lancets, scalpels, or broken glass.

A needlestick injury allows the transmission of blood or other potentially infectious material resulting in potential exposure to blood-borne pathogens, such as the following viruses:...

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