Nursing Assignment | Needle Stick/Sharps Injury


Assignment. Nursing

Needle Stick


Needle stick/sharp injuries are wounds that are mainly caused by needles or any other sharp object that can puncture the skin. In this case, sharp objects including syringes, needles, scalpels, razor blades, broken glasses, and other share implement that has the potential to penetrate eth skin if not well handled(Dekker, 2016). They can occur at any stage of handing needles and sharps, including during disposals and during use before they are disposes. More than half of the injuries occur during use.  According to the Centre of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 385,000 cases of needle stick/sharps injury are reported by hospital employees every year (Charney, 2009).  Needle stick/sharps injury are particularly of concern for occupation health and safety in the hospital set up because they expose the injured to potential infection materials (OPIM).  The injuries are a concern because of the potential to transmit infections, especially blood-borne infections like HIV/AIDs, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and many others (Alexander & Corrigan, 2009). In addition, they care a cut in the skin which allows possible contact between body fluids for the healthcare provider and the patient. This exposes healthcare workers to more infections from blood-borne pathogens.