Needle Stick Injuries

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Within the healthcare environment, employees are at risk for many hazards. Health care worker injuries involving needles or sharp objects are common in the health care occupation. The article explains the occurrence of self-reported exposures to these hazards, what procedures should be taken after the exposure, the severity it may possess, and the statistics of healthcare workers in India and in the United States risk to injuries. One of the leading causes of injuries included needle sticks. According to the United States National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, “needle stick injuries are defined as injuries caused by needles such as hypodermic needles, blood collection needles, intravenous (IV) stylets, and needles used to connect…show more content…
Testing consisted of taking health care worker’s blood samples, performing follow-ups and testing for HIV antibodies every 3 to 4 weeks. After three years of this conducted study, a total of four hundred and seventy-six incidences were accounted for due to exposure to blood and body fluids. This is a low incidence report compared to the United States reporting six million healthcare workers report to have been exposed to blood and body fluids from needle stick injuries alone. This low incidence report could be contributed due to healthcare workers under-reporting their incidences. I was surprised to find out that only fifty-eight point four percent of healthcare workers used personal protective equipment (PPE), such as masks, gowns, and gloves when using needles and sharp objects. Furthermore, immediately following exposure to blood-borne pathogens, employee’s first course of action was running water to clean out the exposed area. Risks for developing blood-borne infectious diseases increase due to these injuries and improperly decontaminating the exposed
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