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Can you be prepared for all needle-stick injuries?

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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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Abstract

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:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Other Health
Objective Field:Health not elsewhere classified
Author:Bettiol, SS (Dr Silvana Bettiol)
Author:Goldsmid, JM (Professor John Goldsmid)
ID Code:97062
Year Published:2002
Deposited By:Medicine (Discipline)
Deposited On:2014-12-02
Last Modified:2014-12-02
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