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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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.
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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.