What is the protocol for a needlestick?

What is the protocol for a needlestick?

A needlestick or sharps injury….If any of these occur, take the following steps:

  1. Wash needlesticks and cuts with soap and water.
  2. Flush splashes to the nose, mouth, or skin with water.
  3. Irrigate eyes with clean water, saline, or sterile irrigants.
  4. Report the incident to your supervisor.
  5. Immediately seek medical treatment.

How long after needlestick Should I get tested?

You should be tested for HCV antibody and liver enzyme levels (alanine amino- transferase or ALT) as soon as possible after the exposure (baseline) and at 4-6 months after the exposure. To check for infection earlier, you can be tested for the virus (HCV RNA) 4-6 weeks after the exposure.

What do you do after a needlestick injury?

What should I do if I injure myself with a used needle?

  1. encourage the wound to bleed, ideally by holding it under running water.
  2. wash the wound using running water and plenty of soap.
  3. do not scrub the wound while you’re washing it.
  4. do not suck the wound.
  5. dry the wound and cover it with a waterproof plaster or dressing.

What tests are done after blood exposure?

The exposed person must have the following laboratory tests as soon as possible: HIV Rapid Test, Hepatitis B Surface Antigen, Full Blood Count, ALT, Page 4 AST, and Urine HCG (for females only).

How would a needlestick pertain to OSHA’s bloodborne pathogens standards?

1910.1030, Bloodborne pathogens. Revisions to 1910.1030 as a result of the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act: Paragraph 1910.1030(d)(2)(i) requires the use of engineering and work practice controls to eliminate or minimize employee exposure to bloodborne pathogens.

What should a post exposure evaluation include?

The post-exposure follow-up must include counseling the worker about the possible implications of the exposure and his or her infection status, including the results and interpretation of all tests and how to protect personal contacts.

What should be the first priority when treating a needle stick injury?

Treating needlestick injuries

  • Wash the area gently with soap and running tap water as soon as possible.
  • Apply an antiseptic and a clean dressing.
  • Obtain prompt medical advice from your local doctor or hospital emergency department, preferably within 24 hours.
  • Dispose of the needle safely.

What is an exposure panel?

Tube. Use: These tests are to be used for testing source patient exposures. They may be ordered only through the appropriate Health Service: Hospital Employees: UNC Hospitals Occupational Health Service (984-974-4480)

Which drug is administered for needle stick injury?

Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP):Hepatitis B immunoglobulin (HBIG) alone or in combination with vaccine (if not previously vaccinated) is thought to provide 75-95% protection from HBV infection. Administer preferably within 24 hours, no later than 7 days.

What is the correct procedure for a sharps injury in the workplace?

Wash wound with soap and water. Flush out mouth, nose, or skin with water. Irrigate eyes with water, saline, or sterile irrigants. Report the incident to your supervisor.

What tests must be performed as a result of this needlestick?

Inform the original user of the needle about the needlestick injury – if they are known. They will be asked to consent to blood tests to check their HIV, HBV and HCV status. They should be provided with counselling before the tests are done.

Do needle sticks have to be reported to OSHA?

You must record all work-related needlestick injuries and cuts from sharp objects that are contaminated with another person’s blood or other potentially infectious material (as defined by 29 CFR 1910.1030). You must enter the case on the OSHA 300 Log as an injury.