Provision of clean injecting equipment
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Provision of clean injecting equipment

Dorthe Larsen , Undertook this survey while a junior sister in the A&E department at Lewisham Hospital, London. She is currently employed as sister in the A&E department at Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup
Susi Kemp Staff Nurse, A&E department, Lewisham Hospital, London

A survey of current practices

Providing clean needles and syringes to injecting drug users is one established strategy to prevent the spread of HIV and other blood borne infections (1). Our A&E department had been faced with problems from intravenous (IV) drug users requesting clean injecting equipment, and we wanted to know how other A&Es dealt with such requests, and whether they experienced similar problems.

Emergency Nurse. 4, 4, 23-25. doi: 10.7748/en.4.4.23.s6

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