Safety Intermaxillary fixation
Having your mouth wired shut with the traditional method was painful for the patient and put the clinician in constant danger of being stuck with the twisted wire ends. With newer technologies, the risk of glove puncture and exposure to HIV, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C is virtually eliminated.
Scenes like these can be frightening to clinicians! Intermaxillary fixation has typically required the use of wire with many loose ends capable of puncturing latex gloves and creating percutaneous injuries. The HIV or Hepatitis status of patients is rarely known. This sets up an unacceptable risk for the clinician. Newer methods of intermaxillary fixation can minimize these risks.
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