Sharps injuries

Sharps injuries and splashes with blood or blood stained body fluids

If you have a sharps injury you should:

  • encourage the wound to bleed (never suck the wound),
  • wash with soap and flush with plenty of water
  • cover with a waterproof dressing

For splashes with body fluid:

  • wash with soap and water
  • irrigate eyes with cold water / sterile saline


  • Report the incident immediately to the manager in charge of the work area (with patient’s name whose blood was involved). The manager will arrange an assessment by the doctor caring for the patient.
  • The doctor must then complete assessment form A (available to CUH staff via connect just click here) which involves the consent and urgent testing of the source patient for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV and documenting the results on the form. This must be completed by the doctor within 24 hours. A copy of the assessment form will be given to you to take to Occupational Health.
  • If the source patient is not known, or consent for testing cannot be obtained, contact the duty Infectious Disease Specialist Registrar via switchboard.

The same day, or the next working day (as soon as possible):

  • Attend oh Occupational Health and Wellbeing for a follow up, and bring a copy of completed assessment form A.  (oh Occupational Health and Wellbeing can be contacted for advice on Ext 216767 or 01223 216767)
  • Complete an incident form

Please remember to report all needle stick sharps splash injuries to your Occupational Health department.

Cambridge University Hospitals