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Blunt Needles do Not Reduce Needlestick Injuries to Doctors During Suturing After Child-Birth

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
Medical University of South Carolina Identifier:
First received: September 26, 2007
Last updated: NA
Last verified: January 2006
History: No changes posted
The hypothesis for this study is that use of blunt tipped needles used during the repair of an episiotomy (tear in the vagina after childbirth) will result in fewer needlestick injuries to the surgeon.

Condition Intervention
Needlestick Injuries
Device: Blunt needle

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: The Use of Blunt Needles Does Not Reduce Needlestick Injury During Obstetrical Laceration Repair

Further study details as provided by Medical University of South Carolina:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Holes in surgeons gloves [ Time Frame: After surgical repair ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Surgeon satisfaction with the needle assignment [ Time Frame: After the surgical repair ]

Enrollment: 438
Study Start Date: January 2005
Study Completion Date: September 2006
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: 1
Sharp needles
Device: Blunt needle
Blunt tipped suture needle
Experimental: 2
Blunt tipped needles
Device: Blunt needle
Blunt tipped suture needle


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Obstetric laceration requiring suturing

Exclusion Criteria:

  • < 18 years old
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00536289

United States, South Carolina
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina, United States, 29466
Sponsors and Collaborators
Medical University of South Carolina
Principal Investigator: Scott A Sullivan, MD MSCR Medical University of South Carolina
  More Information Identifier: NCT00536289     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: MUSC HR # 10870
Study First Received: September 26, 2007
Last Updated: September 26, 2007

Keywords provided by Medical University of South Carolina:
Blunt needles
obstetric lacerations
Needlestick injuries
Needlestick injuries to physicians

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Wounds and Injuries
Needlestick Injuries
Wounds, Stab
Wounds, Penetrating processed this record on May 23, 2017