Reducing needlestick and sharps injuries among healthcare workers
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Reducing needlestick and sharps injuries among healthcare workers

Janice Gabriel Nurse director, Central South Coast Cancer Network, NHS South Central Strategic Health Authority, Southampton

Needlestick and sharps injuries carry the risk of infection and are an occupational hazard for all healthcare professionals involved in clinical care. This article provides an overview of the risks associated with needlestick and sharps injuries and highlights prevention and management strategies to protect healthcare professions.

Correspondence Janice.Gabriel@southcentral.nhs.uk

Nursing Standard. 23, 22,41-44. doi: 10.7748/ns2009.02.23.22.41.c6777

Published in print: 06 February 2009

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review