A needlestick injury is an incident, which causes a used needle, blade (such as scalpel) or other medical instruments to penetrate the skin. This is sometimes called a sharps or percutaneous injury. In a “Clinical Environment” It can also refer to an “eye splash” injury, where blood or other body fluids make contact with the eye.
Accidental exposure to human blood, other body fluids or tissue could lead to contracting a blood-borne virus such HIV, hepatitis B (HBV) and hepatitis C (HCV).
The risk of infection varies according to the ‘pathogen’ involved and the circumstances of the accident.
If you do have an accident, do not assume that you are safe.
If from a patient they may be unaware that they are infected, or have not disclosed their status or have it recorded in their medical notes. An assessment by an experienced clinician will be necessary
If you suffer an injury from a sharp which may be contaminated:
in all cases, please contact the Oxford University Occupational Health Services (OHS) on 01865 (2)82676, from 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Thursday, and 08.30am to 3.30pm on Fridays, as soon as possible and no later than the next working day so that any necessary follow up health assessment and support can be initiated.
Always inform the OHS of the incident as soon as possible and no later than the next working day so that any necessary follow up health assessment and support can be initiated.
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