Safer sharps to prevent needlestick injury are a necessity

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Nurses must assert their right to use safer sharps, according to the co-author of research showing many trusts are still failing to comply with regulations to reduce the risk of needlestick injuries.

Nurses must assert their right to use safer sharps, according to the co-author of research showing many trusts are still failing to comply with regulations to reduce the risk of needlestick injuries. The study, by analysts MindMetre Research, gathered information from more than 120 hospital trusts. It found “unacceptable” levels of compliance with sharps health and safety regulations two years after they came into force in the UK. The regulations, which were introduced in 2013 on the back of EU legislation, expected trusts to ensure all sharps incorporate safety mechanisms where possible.

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