Needlestick prevention delay


Intravenous news: The Nursing Times report “NHS Employers is unlikely to recommend that the NHS implement new European guidelines on needlestick injuries until at least 2011”.

“Speaking last week Karen Jennings, Unisons head of health, called on the NHS to take the initiative and start using safer needles and adopting the new prevention guidelines across the UK now.

“But a spokesperson from NHS Employers told Nursing Times that the NHS was already compliant with high standards of needlestick and sharps usage, and that it would not be taking immediate action following the agreement”.

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