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Needlestick injuries on the rise, says HPA

Hospital Safety Insider, January 10, 2013

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The number of needlestick injuries that left healthcare workers exposed to blood-borne viruses has more than doubled in the past decade, according to statistics from the Health Protection Agency (HPA).

It has calculated that, despite the NHS running a range of initiatives and education programmes, there were 541 reports of such needlestick injuries in 2011 - twice as many as in 2002, when 271 exposures were reported.

Source: Personnel Today
 



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