To help healthcare workers facing possibly one of the scariest situations they may encounter throughout their careers, The American Nurses Association ANA has come up with an action plan if they are accidentally stuck with a needle.
The healthcare worker should:. Learn how to indentify 8 indications that a safety device is advantageous. Bull World Health Organ. World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland.
Read this entire source. Divnt Knan - Needlestick - Welcome To Planet Work healthcare worker should: Provide Divnt Knan - Needlestick - Welcome To Planet Work to exposure site by washing wound and skin with soap and water and flushing mucous membranes with water for a blood splash or other potentially infectious material exposure incident. Immediately seek evaluation and treatment for the injury from the emergency department or your employee health center.
Report the incident to your supervisor and document it according to employer policy, including the type and brand of device causing injury, department where injury occurred, and explanation of incident. Identify and document source patient if known Without You - Various - A Million Number Ones From Idem should be tested for HIV, hepatitis C and hepatitis B depending on known immunity of healthcare worker.
Hospital may have to seek consent. Be tested immediately and confidentially for HIV and hepatitis B if immunity uncertain or unknown and C. Get post-exposure prophylaxis PEP when source patient is unknown. If source patient tests positive for: HIV Then start prophylaxis within two hours of exposure. Hepatitis B Then get the hepatitis B Immune Globulin HBIG injection and initiate the hepatitis B vaccine series if you are unvaccinated; no treatment necessary if you are vaccinated with known immunity.
Hepatitis C Then no customary prophylaxis; but consult your physician or other care provider about experimental post-exposure prophylaxis PEP. Get follow-up testing, counseling and monitoring of post-exposure prophylaxis toxicity.
Information needed to report a needlestick injury.
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