Needlestick Injury

Needlestick injury: A wound from a needle (or other sharp object) which penetrates the skin and may result in exposure to blood or other body fluids carrying an infectious disease.

It is estimated that there are approximately 100,000 needlestick injuries in the UK each year. 17% of recorded injuries to NHS staff are caused in this way.

Initial produced the following infographic to demonstrate the UK statistics. This is a very common injury for both medical and dental staff.

The following information is taken from a recent NHS needlestick injury and sharps injury report.The National Audit Office report of April 2003.

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