Q&A: Squeezing out blood after a needlestick

OSHA Healthcare Connection, May 24, 2011

Q: What is the recommendation for staff following a needlestick? Should a staff member "milk" or squeeze the point of entry before washing hands? Does OSHA or another regulatory body provide guidance in support of this practice?

A: The U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) says no evidence exists that expressing fluid by squeezing the wound further reduces the risk of bloodborne pathogen transmission.

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