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Severe psychiatric distress from needlestick injuries

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The psychiatric distress from a needlestick injury is consistent with being in a car crash, researchers have concluded.

A study, published in Occupational Medicine, explored the psychological effects of sharps injuries. It compared levels of depression and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder in people with a sharps injury with a control group who had a different psychiatric trauma.

No participant contracted an infection from their injury, but psychiatric illness and distress lasted two months longer for every month the patient waited for test results.

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