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Sharps injuries still a risk for NHS staff


Sharps Injuries Still a Risk

Recent figures from the NHS Business Service Authority have revealed the health service has been sluggish to introduce safer needles, syringes and lancets.

Considering the Health and Safety Executive estimate as many as 100,000 injuries to health workers are caused by sharps each year, it’s somewhat surprising the health service has been slow on the uptake.

Despite figures showing 28%of sharps devices purchased in 2014 were safety devices, up from 24% last year, to abide by existing health and safety regulation, and when it’s “reasonably practical to do so”, all unprotected sharps should be substituted with sharps fitted with safety mechanisms.

As documented in the Nursing Times, it’s been disclosed there are also “startling variations” between trusts and regions in how safety sharps are bought and used. Although some trusts reported 83% of purchased devices were safety devices, figures in some areas were as low as 16%.

Needlestick Injuries Must Be Reduced

These findings follow on the back of a report in February, which revealed a third of hospital trusts in England are not complying with safety regulations designed to reduce the risk of needlestick injuries to nurses and other frontline staff.

Here at Initial Healthcare Waste Management, we’re fully aware of the dangers sharps pose, with our management and disposal service designed to eliminate the associated risks.

Importantly, in an effort to ensure you abide by legislation, we’ll provide you with colour coded sharps disposal bins and a waste collection service, which means your hypodermic syringes and scalpels, for example, can be disposed of quickly and safely.

For more information about a sharps disposal service to fit your organisations unique requirements, please get in touch with a member of the team today – we’d be delighted to help.