Needlestick injuries usually occur in the clinical and care sectors, and many employers in this area will argue that they happen due to the careless actions of their own employees. However, here at The Claims Partnership, we believe that there is no excuse that could be given, and such injuries could always have been avoided.
Thankfully, most needlestick injuries do not result in the development of a blood borne disorder such as tetanus or HIV. However, we have found that the most common result of a needlestick injury is often psychological. This can lead to the victim suffering from depression, increased anxiety or PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). We believe that these complications deserve as much attention as physical injuries when putting forward a needlestick claim.
Needlestick injury statistics
- Nursing professionals are most at risk of a needlestick injury
- This is closely followed by other medical and dental professionals
- Between 2008 and 2011 there were only five reported exposures to the Hepatitis C virus through needlestick injuries
- The last case of an HIV infection through a needlestick injury was reported in 1999
Common causes of needlestick injuries
- An employer fails to provide proper training with regards to the use and disposal of sharps and needles
- There are inadequate sharps bins provided throughout the workplace or clinical environment
- The clinician fails to dispose of the needle safely
- The used needle or sharp is placed in an ordinary waste bin
- Dangerous locations are not assessed properly, cleared or protective clothing is not issued before employees enter