Preventing Needle Stick Injuries
We have experienced a four-fold increase in needle stick injuries while collecting healthcare waste this year, compared to last. The main root causes were:
– Overfilled sharps container led to a needle poking through the lid.
– The sharps container lid being presented for collection open.
– Not using a sharps container at all, preferring a takeaway food tray, cardboard box, throwing sharps straight into a wheelie bin or, worst of all, hiding them in a soft waste bag.