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Sharps Injury

Definition
“Sharp Injuries” are skin penetrating stab wounds caused by sharp instruments and accidents in a medical setting. These instruments include needles, lancets, scalpels and broken glass. 1,2

Causes
In general, most sharp injuries are caused by simple and preventable mistakes in handling of sharp medical devices.3, 4 Studies show an increased risk of injuries with rushing, anger, distraction, and multiple attempts to complete a procedure. Healthcare workers face a high risk of an occupational exposure to blood and body fluids. This exposure can lead to the transmission of pathogens causing an infection and hazardous consequences for their health.

ProSet Solutions:
Make up your customized kit with B. Braun Safety components, to reduce sharps injuries:

RA- & CVC-ProSet  components

Certofix® Seldinger Safety

References:
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1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2008
2 Prüss-Üstün A, Rapiti E, Hutin Y. 2003
3 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2008
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).