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Needle Safety

Needlestick injuries are wounds caused by needles that accidentally puncture the skin.

Needlestick injuries are a hazard for people who work with hypodermic syringes and other needle equipment. These injuries can occur at any time when people use, disassemble, or dispose of needles. When not disposed of properly, needles can hide in linen or garbage and injure other workers who encounter them unexpectedly.

Consider the use of sharps with an engineered safety device if available and feasible for your procedure.

Preventing injuries is the most effective way to protect workers. A comprehensive sharps injury prevention program would include:

  • Recommended guidelines.
  • Improved equipment design.
  • Effective disposal systems.
  • Employee training.
  • Safe recapping procedures, where necessary.
  • Surveillance programs.
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