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).
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).
|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|
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