Needlestick infections are common

Needlestick infections are common

“Risk of needlestick - effective prevention of infections”
Needlestick injuries are among the most common types of injury in healthcare. They carry a high risk of infection and are often underestimated. A new brochure from the BG for health and welfare services shows that you are protecting yourself and your employees in the best possible way.

Needlestick injuries include any puncture, cut and scratch injuries to the skin caused by piercing or cutting instruments that are contaminated with foreign blood or other foreign body fluids. It doesn't matter whether the wound bleeds or not. In addition to people who deal directly with piercing or cutting instruments, cleaning staff can also suffer needlestick injuries.

The new BGW brochure "Risk of Needlestick - Preventing Infections Effectively" provides information about the risk of infection from needlestick injuries in everyday practice. It shows how the relevant hazards can be assessed, suitable protective measures can be determined and established on site. A chapter is devoted to the topic of safety devices and procedures. It also explains what to do if someone is injured. The brochure can be found here. (pm)

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