Phlebotomist: Avoid Needle Punctures

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Posted on 25th May 2010 by admin in Uncategorized

The various neeleless systems virtually eliminate the needle stick problem from IVs.  Other forms fo needle safety for hypodermic needles have been adopted across the country as well.  These include needle guards that fold over the needle and syringes that allow the needle to be retracted after use.  These systems help to reduce needle sticks from sharps containers by adding another barrier, but the sharps container must never be overfilled.  Always employ safeguards to protect yourself from a needle stick.  Never recap and always have a sharps container within reach to dispose of the syringe and needle immediately after injection.  In the unlikely event of a needle stick, you must report immediately.  You need to be tested for exposure to such diseases as HIV, hepatitis B and C.  Precautions need to be taken and possible future care needs to be ensured.  Don’t put yourself and your rites at risk by hiding the event.  If you do get hurt report it right away and seek medical treatment.  Early intervention is the key to successful treatment and prevention of permanent damage.  Allied health professionals can sometimes be the worst patients and their own worst enemies when it comes to taking care of their own health.  As a phlebotomist you are working with needles and blood on a regular basis.  You must take care.  It is usually easier to tell someone else how and what to do then it is to take care of yourself.  With all the related mental and physical job-related stressses taking a toll on your body, it is important to first avoid dangerous situations with needles and blood, and then if something should occur, to report it and take proper precautions for your own health and well-being.

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