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Study: More Than 85% of Surgeons Use Skin Hooks

Dermatolog Surg; ePub 2018 Oct 9; Clark, et al

Although skin hooks are highly used tools among dermatologic surgeons, according to a recent study, their use requires appropriate training and experience, and care must be taken to minimize risk of exposure. A survey comprising 14 questions was distributed to members of the American College of Mohs Surgery and the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. Results were recorded, and statistical analysis was conducted using the 2-sample z-test to compare 2 population proportions. Researchers found:

  • 571 responses were received, with comments.
  • 85.1% of respondents reported using skin hooks.
  • Their use was further characterized as minimal (20.7%), moderate (29.0%), and extensive (35.4%).
  • The utilization of skin hooks was additionally categorized based on age, gender, fellowship training, number of years in practice, practice setting, and history of experience/observance of a sharps exposure.
  • Only the presence or absence of fellowship training demonstrated a statistically significant difference in the use of skin hooks.

Clark S, Truong V, Stasko T. Hooked on Hooks? A study in the utilization of skin hooks. [Published online ahead of print October 9, 2018]. Dermatolog Surg. doi:10.1097/DSS.0000000000001644.