Sharps injuries

Sharps injuries and splashes with blood or blood stained body fluids

  • Sharps/Splash Injury ReportingIf you have a sharps injury you should immediately:

    ·         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

    As soon as possible report the incident : (must be the same day, or the next working day).

     

    CUH Staff:

    During office hours (Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm):

      • Report the incident immediately to the manager in charge of the work area (with patient’s name whose blood was involved).
      • Complete the blood exposure assessment form (answer as much as you can) on as soon as possible.
      • Bleep Occupational Health (159 394) for advice and an appointment.  Bring a printed copy of the completed assessment form to Oh.

    Out of hours (and bank holidays & weekends) remember to:

      • report incident immediately to your manager (as above).
      • complete the blood exposure assessment form and bleep Operational Matron (707) for further advice.
      • contact Oh (as above) the next working day for further assessment and advice or treatment.

    Always remember to complete a QSIS incident form.

    YOU MUST REPORT ALL NEEDLESTICK / SHARPS / SPLASH INJURIES TO OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND ALWAYS COMPLETE AN INCIDENT FORM

    The sharps injury and other exposures to blood policies can be found on MERLIN. The blood exposure form and further information can be found on connect just search ‘sharps injury’.

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

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