Handling used needles is one of the most common ways a health worker can be exposed to the risk of infections and diseases such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV.
Needle stick injuries should never been ignored; the consequences may be lifelong and devastating.
Recent research conducted around the incidence of these types of injuries show that they occur often and are vastly under-reported. This is suggested to be due to injured workers:
After any occurrence of a needle stick injury, it is important to submit an incident report and WorkCover claim form.
Workers who have suffered a needle stick injury ought to be provided with immediate first aid, serological testing and counselling. In some cases, immunoprophylaxis and antiviral medication may also be used.
If you have suffered from a needle stick injury and would like advice about next steps, call us on (03) 9321 9988.Go Back