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Can you be prepared for all needle-stick injuries?


Bettiol, SS and Goldsmid, JM, Can you be prepared for all needle-stick injuries?, Australian Journal of Medical Science, 23, (2) pp. 66-67. ISSN 1038-1643 (2002) [Professional, Refereed Article]

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This case study describes a needle-stick injury that occurred in a healthcare worker as a result of handling an approved sharps disposal container. This case highlights the fact that even when adequate procedures are deemed to have been followed needlestick injuries can occur as a result of mishap. It reinforces the need for workers to take precautions at all stages of sharps removal from a clinical or laboratory setting. It also emphasises the importance of not overfilling or physically pressurising sharps containers. A commonsense approach to correct handling and disposal of containers will reduce and may even eliminate injuries.

Item Details

Item Type:Professional, Refereed Article
Keywords:Needle-stick injuries
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Human resources and industrial relations
Research Field:Occupational and workplace health and safety
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Other health
Objective Field:Other health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Bettiol, SS (Dr Silvana Bettiol)
UTAS Author:Goldsmid, JM (Professor John Goldsmid)
ID Code:97062
Year Published:2002
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2014-12-02
Last Modified:2014-12-02

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