Being inadvertently pierced by a sharp object or needle can cause serious injury, infection and long term psychological damage. While it is assumed people in medical surroundings can be at the greatest risk, anyone who routinely handles waste can be exposed to this type of injury if not provided with the correct safety equipment.
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A needle stick injury is where the skin is inadvertently pierced by a needle or other sharp instrument. Needles can be known as sharps which includes a variety of other medical instruments such as scalpels and lancets.
A variety of different professions will either use needles directly or handle needles and they, or their patients may be susceptible to a sharps injury:
Needles and syringes are a vital instrument for medical professional and have many life saving applications. However if misused or not disposed of correctly they can also pass on dangerous illnesses.
As well as the initial wound, used needles and other sharps can pass on a variety of harmful infections such as Hepatitis and HIV from the blood of the user as well as Tetanus if the needle itself is dirty or rusty.
Those who work in the health care profession should regularly receive a Hepatitis and Tetanus vaccination.
Injuries caused by sharp objects such as broken glass, metal shards and splintered wood can occur in a variety of different jobs. Employees that regularly handle sharp objects such as broken glass as part of their role should be supplied the correct safety equipment by their employer including re-enforced gloves and tongs, and should never be required to move sharp objects with bare hands.
Being accidently pierced by a sharp object can unfortunately occur in a variety of public places like toilets, parks and communal stairways if they are not correctly maintained.
If sharp items such as used needles or broken glass are found in a public place, do not attempt to dispose of this yourself. Contact your local council to have these items disposed of safely and securely.
If you or your child is pricked by a needle or other sharp object in a public place, seek immediate medical attention at the nearest A&E department. Further information can be found on the NHS Choices website.
If you have been injured by a needle or other sharp due to the negligent action of someone else and would like to find out more about making a compensation claim, please get in touch with us today.
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