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Sterile matters: Keeping your fingers free from needlesticks and other sharps

We all know the basics, from no re-capping of needles to using puncture proof/sharps approved biohazard disposal boxes. However, what about all of the other ways healthcare workers become stuck, punctured, cut, and otherwise exposed to used sharps?

It happens and it can happen to you or your workers.

Preventing needle sticks and other types of sharps injuries begins with the basics and a few reminders:

Providing your team with a few simple reminders periodically may just prevent your next sharps injury. One less event is one less injury. Pass the word on: stay safe by slowing down, not taking short cuts, wearing right-fitting gloves, and stick to using sharp safety zones.

Check the Tools download page for more needlestick prevention resources. [1]