What Infections Can Used Needles Or Sharps Pass On?

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What Infections Can Used Needles Or Sharps Pass On?

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  1. Infections that used needles and sharps can pass on to other people include:

    • hepatitis B
    • hepatitis C
    • HIV

    Although rare, there’s also a small risk of other infections being transmitted through contaminated blood, such as cytomegalovirus (CMV) and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV).

    Needles and sharps

    Once someone has used a needle, viruses in their blood may contaminate it. This includes needles used to inject illegal drugs.

    Sharps can include other medical supplies, such as syringes, scalpels and lancets, and glass from broken equipment. Blood can also contaminate these.

    Injuries from needles used in medical procedures are sometimes called needle-stick or sharps injuries.

    People at increased risk

    Some people have an increased risk of needle-stick injuries as a result of their job.

    These include:

    • nurses
    • doctors
    • surgeons
    • dentists
    • dental nurses
    • phlebotomists
    • hygienists
    • laboratory technicians
    • the police
    • prison and probation services
    • customs and excise
    • social workers
    • funeral workers
    • piercers and tattooists
    • building and demolition workers

    If you injure yourself with a used needle at work, report the incident to your supervisor or manager immediately. There may be procedures in place you need to follow.

    If you’re at increased risk of needle-stick injuries because of your job, you may also need to take other preventative measures. For example, you may need to have a hepatitis B vaccination.

    Support after an injury

    If you have received treatment for a needle-stick injury, you may need some support.

    For example, counselling may help with any stress the injury has caused. Your employer’s occupational health service can advise you on sick leave.

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