Clinician Handout: 8 Steps After Accidental Needlestick

Remember these steps to ensure your safety after an accidental sharps injury

It’s a fear of every nurse. You rushed through a simple task or your attention got diverted for a few seconds. Then you realize you accidentally jabbed your finger with a sharp. What now?

Needlesticks are an unfortunate part of the profession. Approximately 385,000 needlestick and sharps injuries are reported by hospital-based healthcare workers annually. Nurses account for about half of the incidents.

Our clinician handout details the 8 steps to follow after an accidental needlestick.

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