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Needlestick Incident / Bodily Fluids Splash

Transition of blood bourne viruses are very unlikely following this type of injury however in order to ensure you are best protected Newcastle OHS will support you through the needlestick process.

What happens next?

Once you have reported the incident to occupational health one of our nurse will contact you within 24 hours on the contact details you have provided. The purpose of this is to assess the risk factors associated with the needlestick injury and ensure you are up to date with your immunisations to ensure you are best protected.

What do I need to do?

To ensure the nursing team can deal with the needlestick quickly and effectively they will require the following information when they contact you. Please complete the below actions as a priority.

  • DATIX NUMBER – You should report the incident to your line manager immediately and complete a DATIX.  DATIX reporting is important to spot patterns in injuries and will allow Health and Safety to put measures in place to prevent similar incidents occurring in the future. Click here to see a guide on how to complete a DATIX.
  • RISK ASSESSMENT – APPENDIX D This is to be completed by a senior nurse or doctor in the area your needlestick occurred. The results should be scanned and emailed to Newcastle.ohs@nhs.net. Click here to view the risk assessment form.
  • SOURCE BLOODS – A member of the medical staff or senior nurse in the area should obtain a blood sample from the person who was involved in the needlestick with you.

The bloods should be taken with a yellow top bottle and tested Hep B sAg, Hep C Ab and HIV Ab.

The sample should have documented on the form ‘Donor source of needlestick injury taken with consent’.

THIS SAMPLE SHOULD NEVER BE OBTAINED FROM AN UNCONCIOUS PATIENT OR SOMEONE UNABLE TO GIVE INFORMED CONSENT.

Further information on the needlestick process can be found on occupational health website;

http://nuth-vintranet1/cms/SupportServices/OccupationalHealth/SharpsNeedlesticks.aspx

 

 


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