Sharp Injuries Prevention[compatibility mode]

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Infection Control Guidelines for Sharp Injuries Prevention
Dr. NAHLA ABDEL KADERوMD, PhD.
INFECTION CONTROL CONSULTANT, MOH
INFECTION CONTROL CBAHI SURVEYOR
Infection Control Director, KKH.

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Sharp Injuries Prevention[compatibility mode]

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  2. 2.  To prevent injury and exposure to blood borne infections for personnel handling sharps including needles, syringes, knife blades and opened ampoules of medication. 2
  3. 3.   Continuous training and education of Health Care Personnel in all hospital departments on Proper Sharp Disposal. KKHKKH-IFC / Sharp 3
  4. 4.       Avoid rushing when handling needles and sharps. Dispose all needles and other sharps promptly. These items should not be left on food trays or inadvertently deposited in trash containers. DO NOT re-cap needles. rePlace used disposable items in puncture resistant biohazard containers for disposal. In the event recapping is unavoidable, the one-handed onescoop technique or a needle recapping device shall be used. Sharps waste shall be contained in “Sharps “Sharps Containers” Containers” which are rigid and puncture resistant. 4
  5. 5. To safely recap needles use “the oneonehand” 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 hand to secure the cap on the needle hub. Be careful to handle the cap at the bottom only (near the hub). 5
  6. 6.       Sharps containers shall be labeled as “sharps waste” and “sharps biohazardous with international biohazardous symbol. Sharp containers shall be filled up to three quarters and taped closed or tightly lidded. Sharps containers are placed in yellow bags by housekeeping personnel for storage and then processing. Sharps waste is disposed of in sharps containers as close to site of use as possible. InIn-patient rooms shall have wall mounted “Sharps Container system “ which is kept near the patient’s bed and is securely locked. Other direct patient care areas shall have wall mounted “Sharps Container” system and/or rigid puncture resistant containers having the biohazardous symbol printed on. KKHKKH-IFC / Sharp Injuries Prevention / IPP NO: 012 6
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