Needlestick Injuries in the Workplace

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Needlestick injuries have the potential to be devastating events. Despite this, they are almost entirely preventable. In Australia, at least 18,000 healthcare professionals experience a needlestick injury every year. So, how can you protect yourself in the workplace?

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A needlestick injury occurs when the skin is accidentally punctured by a sharp medical instrument such as a needle, scalpel or syringe. Needlestick injuries are an occupational hazard for healthcare workers as they can lead to the transmission of bloodborne infections such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B and hepatitis C, with the potential for serious complications.


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Karen Doyle
21 Mar 2023
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05 Apr 2023
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27 Apr 2023
Factual and vital topic
James Lloyde
23 Mar 2023
Very informative article. Good information
Julie Lemieux
22 Mar 2023
Good refresher
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30 Aug 2023
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13 May 2023
Bhola singh
20 Mar 2023
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now i know what to do when a needle stick injury at work occurs !
Lauren Hallowes
29 May 2023
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Good resource
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13 Oct 2023
Assistant in Nursing (AIN)
Good course.i learnt a few things that i didn't know
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