What You Should Know When Handling Medical Sharps In Hospitals


In a health facility, needle stick and sharp injuries are severe hazards. When you come in contact with contaminated sharps, it may expose you to some blood that contains pathogens that can pose a lethal risk. Sharp and needle stick injuries can lead to transmission of viral infections such as HIV, Hepatitis B, and C, Bacterial infections like diphtheria, tuberculosis, and protozoa infections.

Cause of Sharp Injuries

There are various causes of sharp and needle injuries in a health facility or home. Such as;

  • When a patient reacts unexpectedly.
  • Overuse of injections and unnecessary sharps.
  • Lack of training and hazard awareness on ways to handle sharps and needles.
  • When there is less supply of items such as disposable syringes, sharps disposal containers.
  • When there are only a few staff in a facility.
  • While in an operating room, passing instruments using bare hands.
  • Lack of protective equipment and devices for the staff.
  • When recapping needles.
  • Bending and breaking of needles before disposal.

How You Can Prevent Sharp Injuries

You should ensure that you have prepared well before you start handling procedures that need needles and sharps. You should keep gauze, alcohol, bandages in a place you can easily access.

You should also ensure that disposal containers are in place and you can easily access them

The disposal container must also have enough space and is available for everyone in the facility. You should avoid overfilling disposal containers because it can lead to the piercing of the container, which can cause some needles to fall accidentally.

It is essential to ensure that instruction on handling and disposing of clinical waste with Daniels Health are provided to all members.

If you are using sharp objects at home, it is vital to put the sharps away from where children can easily reach.

Also, put them away from food supplies. While disposing of them, use different safe containers and label them. Mostly, when transporting them to public waste disposal.

You should use instruments to hold sharps or scalpels.

You should also avoid passing sharps by hand, and while taking sharps to the garbage, avoid carrying them close to your body. Another thing that you should consider is minimizing the use of sharps and needles. 

You should avoid placing a needle cap in your mouth when removing the lid. You should also avoid leaving the sharps unattended.

You should always wear gloves while handling needles and syringes and dispose of the needle and syringe immediately you are done using it.

Best Ways to Get Rid Of Sharps and Needles

Everyone needs to follow necessary safety measures while disposing of these items.

Always use a disposal container that should be made of a material that is puncture resistant. Always label the container as hazardous and seal them properly when getting rid of them. 

Needles and sharp in the medical profession are used in diagnostic and carrying medical procedures, and using them is inevitable. Thus, best practice while handling them is paramount. Therefore, training on disposing of clinical waste with Daniels Health is necessary. 

Jeff Campbell

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