Many accidental needlestick injuries occur when staff are recapping needles.
Recapping is a dangerous practice: If at all possible, dispose of needles immediately without recapping them.
If it does become necessary for you to recap a needle (for example, to avoid carrying an unprotected sharp when immediate disposal is not possible), do not bend or break the needle and do not remove a hypodermic needle from the syringe by hand.
Recapping: The "one-hand" technique Step 1 Place the cap on a flat surface, then remove your hand from the cap. Step 2 With one hand, hold the syringe and use the needle to "scoop up" the cap. Step 3 When the cap covers the needle completely, use the other
Uncapped or otherwise unprotected sharps should never be passed directly from one person to another.
In the operating theater or procedure room, pass sharp instruments in such a way that the surgeon and assistant are never touching the item at the same time.
This way of passing sharps is known as the "hands-free" technique:
"hands-free" technique: First step: The assistant places the instrument in a sterile kidney basin or in a designated "safe zone" in the sterile field. Second step: The assistant tells the service provider that the instrument is in the kidney basin or safe zone. Third step: The service provider picks up the instrument, uses it, and returns it to the basin or safe zone.