Are You Reporting Needlestick Or Sharps Injuries Immediately?
It’s day 9 of the Don't Get Stuck challenge. Today's tips is a reminder to report any needlestick or sharps injury immediately. If you do suffer an injury, ANA recommends that you:
- Immediately wash the wound with soap and water, and flush mucous membranes.
- Promptly seek evaluation and treatment for the injury from the emergency department or your employee health center.
- Report the incident to your supervisor right away and document it according to employer policy, including the type and brand of device causing injury, department where the injury occurred, and explanation of the incident.
- Identify and document source patient (if known) who should be tested for HIV, Hepatitis C, and Hepatitis B (depending on known immunity of health care worker). Your institution may have to seek consent.
- Get tested immediately and confidentially for HIV, Hepatitis C, and Hepatitis B (if immunity is uncertain or unknown).
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