Introduction

This document sets out the procedures in place within Ashford and St. Peters Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for the management of needlestick, sharps, human bites and contamination accidents (inoculation injuries).

 

Purpose

This policy will ensure there is a clear process in place for the management of inoculation injuries which includes needlestick, sharps, human bites and contamination accidents within both Ashford and St. Peters hospital sites. The policy contains all the appropriate documentation, including risk assessments, flow charts and information sheets required to manage an incident. The policy ensures that the Trust meets the Department of Health requirements in managing such incidents.

 

Definition of an Innoculation Injury

An inoculation injury involves a member of staff having a percutaneous exposure or a mucocutaneous exposure to blood or bodily fluids from a patient.

  • A percutaneous exposure is where a needle/sharp object that has already been used on a patient, a human scratch or bite has broken the skin.
  • A mucocutaneous exposure is where the mucous membranes i.e. mouth, nose or eyes or nonintact skin have been contaminated by blood or bodily fluids from a patient (HPA 2005a).

 

Policy Details

Download: PDF version
Compiled by: Tina Kendall, Specialist Occupational Health Advisor
Ratified by: Clinical Governance Committee
Date Ratified: March 2016
Date Issued: July 2016
Review Date: March 2019
Target Audience: All staff
Contact name: Tina Kendall, Specialist Occupational Health Advisor

 

See also:

  • Policy for the Management of Healthcare Waste
  • Control of Substance Hazardous to Health (COSHH)
  • Spillage of Blood and Body Fluids
  • Standard Precautions Policy
  • Health & Safety Policy