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Needlestick Prevention/Sharps Safety

Overview

Occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens from needlesticks and other sharps injuries is a serious problem, resulting in approximately 385,000 needlesticks and other sharps-related injuries to hospital-based healthcare personnel each year. Similar injuries occur in other healthcare settings, such as nursing homes, clinics, emergency care services, and private homes. Sharps injuries are primarily associated with occupational transmission of hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), but they have been implicated in the transmission of more than 20 other pathogens. The resources on this website have been developed by CDC to help healthcare facilities prevent needlesticks and other sharps-related injuries to healthcare personnel. Source: CDC

Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

International Safety Center

Fact Sheets & Information

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Articles

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Last Updated on Thursday, June 27, 2024 05:35 PM