A needlestick injury usually occurs when the skin has been pierced (percutaneous) by a needle or by a sharp object. It commonly occurs as an occupational hazard in those handling needles, either in medical settings or otherwise.
Occupational needlestick injuries are very common in the health care community and there is a great risk of passing on blood borne diseases such as HIV/ AIDS, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. These injuries happen either when blood is drawn from a patient or while administering drugs through intravenous or intramuscular injection. Injuries may also occur while recapping the needles or if the person handling fails to put aside used needles safely in an assigned container.
Needlestick injuries usually cause very little bleeding and there is hardly any other visible trauma too. It is the risk of
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Latest Publications and Research on Needlestick Injuries
- Devices most commonly implicated in needlestick and sharps injuries. - Published by PubMed
- Effect of virtual reality training to decreases rates of needle stick/sharp injuries in new-coming medical and nursing interns in Taiwan. - Published by PubMed
- [Needlestick injuries of healthcare workers]. - Published by PubMed
- [Study on the influence of health belief model on the compliance of medical staff with sharp injury protection behavior]. - Published by PubMed
- Trends of voluntary reporting of needlestick injuries and hepatitis B vaccination status among health-care workers of a tertiary health care center in Puducherry. - Published by PubMed