Home Health & Hospice

What infection control measures should home health staff instruct patients and their caregivers to take surrounding the disposal of sharps?

Homecare Insider, September 14, 2015

Show family caregivers where you keep the sharps container in the patient’s home, demonstrating how they should dispose of a syringe and attached needle after assisting with or performing injections. Stress to these important agency allies that they should never fill the container beyond two-thirds. For patients that do not have a sharps container in the home, suggest that they or their caregivers get one or use an empty bleach bottle or coffee can with a lid to minimize the risk of needlestick contamination. Also consult local regulations for sharps disposal. Finally, remind all clients to keep the sharps container out of the reach of children, visually impaired or mentally compromised residents or visitors, and pets.