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Reducing the needlestick injuries

The incidence of blood-borne viral infections has increased dramatically in Ireland in recent years with growing concern of the specific risks posed by HIV, hepatitis C and hepatitis B which can all be transmitted through needlestick injuries. Patients may also be at risk of infection from an infected health-care worker or from equipment.

In Ireland thousands of needlestick injuries are suffered by healthcare workers at the front line of care delivery, suffering potentially devastating psychological, medical, career and financial consequences. The human and economic impact upon healthcare productivity is also appreciable.

Our aim is to support your role in being part of an integrated approach to promoting a safe and healthy work environment by protecting yourself, your patients and co-workers from the risks of Needlestick Injuries.

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