needlestick injury


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needlestick injury

Infection control The unintentional exposure of a health care worker to a needle used in direct Pt management. See Hospital-acquired penetration contacts, Sharps.

needlestick injury

The actual or potential harm caused by accidentally pricking oneself with a needle after giving an injection or taking blood. Needlestick injury has acquired greater significance since AIDS and HEPATITIS B have become so prevalent. Medical personnel routinely discard ‘sharps’ into special safe containers without first re-sheathing hypodermic needles. Sheathing readily leads to pricking.

needlestick injury

accidental penetration of the clinician's soft tissues by a used (blood-contaminated) needle; local protocols must be followed exactly after sustaining a needlestick injury, to reduce likelihood of blood-borne cross-infection
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The most common causes of needlestick injury include two-handed recapping and the unsafe collection and disposal of sharps.
The risk of needlestick injury is a significant issue facing today's healthcare workers and patients worldwide.
Despite a marginally relatively higher purchase price, these devices are known to offer long term economic advantage if the consequences of a needlestick injury and associated treatment expenses are taken into consideration.
According to the United States Department of Labor's Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), a sharps injury -- also known as a needlestick injury -- is a wound caused by a needle that accidentally punctures the skin.
Needlestick injury can occur when syringes without engineered safety features are used, when ineffectively designed safety syringes are used, and when effectively designed safety syringes are used incorrectly, i.
A needlestick injury is a piercing wound typically inflicted on the skin by a needle point, but possibly also by other sharp instruments or objects.
Nearly half (46 percent) of those who have been stuck say, during their most recent needlestick injury, they received an evaluation or were treated within one to two hours; yet more than one-third (39 percent) state they were not evaluated or treated at all.
A needlestick injury is when a worker is accidentally pricked with a used needle.
I sustained a needlestick injury during a cesarean section on a hepatitis C-positive patient that occurred about a week after a friend of mine had a needlestick injury while operating on an HIV-positive patient.
Nosocomial transmission of dengue from a needlestick injury.
Using Centers for Disease Control needlestick injury data, Retractable, a leading maker of safety needle devices, estimated that its products have now prevented approximately 20,000 accidental needlestick injuries and numerous deaths from HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, and other bloodborne diseases.
One study of health care workers who took AZT for PEP after a needlestick injury found an 81 percent reduction in HIV infection.