Protecting healthcare workers from needlestick injuries.


Intravenous literature: Ballard, J. (2011) Bloodborne viruses. Occupational Health at Work. 7(5), p.27-33.


1st of 2 articles reporting progress on protecting healthcare workers from needlestick injuries which result in HIV or hepatitis infections, focusing on the EU Directive (2010/32/EU). The guidance, based on a hierarchy of controls risk strategy, is summarised and the use of follow-up testing and post-exposure prophylaxis is discussed. A case where a trust was prosecuted for needlestick injuries is included.

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