Mrs Andrea Lecky MA, BSc (Ost-Med), O.N.C. R.G.N. Med-Ac. Registered Osteopath, Member of the British Osteopathic Association. (In part forfilment of the Msc in Western Medical Acupuncture at the University of Hertfordshire). Needle Stick Injury! (an information poster). (B.M.A.S).
Mrs Andrea Lecky MA, BSc (Ost-Med), O.N.C. R.G.N. Med-Ac.
Registered Osteopath, Member of the British Osteopathic Association.
(In part forfilment of the Msc in Western Medical Acupuncture at the University of Hertfordshire)
Needle Stick Injury!
(an information poster)
Legal Aspects ²
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 is designed to protect individual healthcare practitioners. It also covers the use of safe equipment (sharps boxes, single use needles) as well as giving Needle Stick Injury guidance in conjunction with Local authority guidelines which must be followed¹
Needle Stick Injury National Health Service (N.H.S) document “Sharpen Your Awareness” (1998) www.nhs/publications designed to advise health care practitioners regarding safe practice.
The Act outlines that the prevention of needle stick and Sharps injuries and thus the prevention of infections are management / clinical governance issues, which affect all healthcare workers. This includes contractors, agency staff, patients and visitors, all of whom may enter a clinical setting where Sharps are in use. Highlighting an individual and collective responsibility in relation to the Act.
Improving my practice: Develop a policy for use within my clinic, reflecting key aspects of Health and Safety policy advice and that of my governing body . 6
Assessing your injury/ risk. Is further action required?
Low risk = NO eg. Patient history clear.
Higher risk = YES eg. Known infected patient.
1. Miscellaneous Provisions Act 1992.
2. Health and Saftey at work Act 1974. Brazier M, Cave E, Medicines, patients and the law (2011) 5th Ed, penguin.
3. British Acupuncture Council – BacC. British Medical Acupuncture Society – Codes of Practice 2008/2001.
4. Protection against infections and Blood-Borne Viruses (1998). Guidance for clinical Healthcare workers. www.nhs/publications
5. Control of infection in acupuncture. Acupuncture in medicine 19 (2) 109-111. walsh B 2001.
* Human Immunodeficiency Virus.