5th February 2020
Injuries from needles and other sharp instruments (needlestick / sharps injuries) constitute a known risk in the healthcare sector. Sharps injuries to healthcare workers from instruments contaminated with a patient’s blood have potential to transmit more than twenty infectious diseases including blood-borne viruses. This can have a serious impact on health. Also, the anxiety and side effects of post-exposure prophylaxis can have a significant personal impact on healthcare workers.