Needlestick Injury Management

Following a needlestick or sharp injury, it is important to follow the proper precautions. You should IMMEDIATELY:

  • Use soap and water to wash the affected area
  • If splashes occurred to your nose, mouth, or skin, flush with water for 15 minutes
  • Irrigate eyes with clean water, saline or sterile irrigants for 15 minutes
  • Report the incident to your supervisor and seek medical attention
  • Call the 24-hour hotline for medical treatment post-exposure, Clinicians' Post Exposure Prophylaxis Hotline (PEPline) at 1-888-448-4911

Learn about the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act of 2000

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Unsafe Injections in the Developing World and Transmission of Bloodborne Pathegens: A Review.
Simonsen L, Kane A, Lloyd J, Zaffran M, Kane M. Bull World Health Organ. 1999;77(10):789-800. World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland.

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The Global Burden of Disease Attributable to Contaminated Injections Given in Health Care Settings
Anja M Hauri, Gregory L Armstrong and Yvan J F Hutin

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