Virtual Patients: A Needle Stick Injury

Concise description:

This Virtual Patients lesson is relevant for professionals working in health care. In this lesson a junior doctor who works on an internal medicine ward is challenged to diagnose a patient with complaints like weight loss, tiredness, poor appetite and pain in legs and arms. During the process of diagnosing the patient, the junior doctor is involved in a needle stick injury.
The lesson contains 20 cards, which guides you through the phases of diagnosing the patient and also educates about the risks, possible consequences and treatments when being involved in a needle stick injury. The cards of the lesson provide descriptive texts, (multiple choice and open) questions and feedback. Certain terms used are explained.

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Original Authors:
Fuchs R, Reichert J, Radon K, Nowak D (English adaptation: Burge A, Vellore AD, Robertson A, Williams N, Burge PS).
Original affiliation, ownership:
Clinical centre of the University of Munich Institute of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Munich, Germany
Year of publication:
Charge for use or free:
Free of charge
Biological Healthcare & Social Assistance Infectious, Blood & Immune diseases Injury, Poisoning & External causes (e.g. Accidents) Occupational (Safety and) Health Personal protective equipment Safety, Accident risk
Target group(s):
  • graduate students
  • OSH experts; or in training
Usefulness for non-OSH-expert professionals:
Has to be studied
Time demand to complete the lesson or course:
1 hour

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