Needle Stick InjuryTThe invention of the needle stick has made an immense breakthrough in the medical industry. The benefits include but not limited to injecting vaccines, drawing blood, and many more. However, like any other invention, there are dangerous sides to it as well. Needle Stick Injury should be taken seriously because the germs of harmful diseases might have contaminated the needle. Such incidents might happen more at work.
Common, frequently asked questions by our clients at SNOHC, what you should know and where you need to go in this situation are explained here.
What is Needle Stick Injury and How to Treat itNeedle stick injuries are caused accidentally by needles, which has been previously contaminated by blood, body fluid, or other disease-causing agents. It is dangerous for people whom their job need to work with needle equipment and hypodermic syringes. Such injuries can happen when people disassemble, use, or dispose of needles. If needles are not disposed of properly, they can hide in garbage or linen and cause injury for other workers who encounter them unexpectedly. People often wash the affected area, remove a small amount of blood, and use antiseptic. But it is not enough. Depending on the environment and happened this injury happened, proper care should be taken. Visiting the closest clinic is the best thing to do after such injuries. Before doing so, using first aid to clean the wound from any bacteria would be good. Cover the wound with a band-aid if the injury is small until the specialist visits you.
What Does SNOHC Do in Case of Needle Stick Injury?In the case of Needle Stick Injury, SNOHC team of experts will take an emergency measure to assure that they can stop the spread of disease. After taking a complete medical history, professionals will conduct different tests to find out whether any disease has spread in the body or not. Meanwhile, they will also inject medications in the body that will stop any possible disease-causing agents depending on the condition of the injury and the environment where the injury happened. Needlestick injury is not serious, but it can transfer blood-borne diseases. It can place people exposed at increased risk of infection from disease-causing pathogens, such as HIV virus, hepatitis C, and hepatitis B virus.
In the US, needlestick injuries make up more than 80% of all percutaneous exposure incidents. Agricultural workers, food preparers, tattoo artists, laborers, and law enforcement are at increased risk of needlestick injury, but almost anyone is at risk; Better to be safe than sorry.
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