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The Facts: Needlestick Injuries: Did you know..?

Of significant occupational exposures caused by sharps (2004-2013) 65% were from hollowbore needles

Published risk of bloodborne virus transmission among healthcare workers following a percutaneous injury:
• Hepatitis B 1 in 3
• Hepatitis C 1 in 30
• HIV 1 in 300

Eye of the Needle: United Kingdom Surveillance of Significant Occupational Exposures to Bloodborne Viruses in Healthcare Workers. Dec 2014: Public Health England

Survey by British Association of Dental Nurses/Initial Medical indicated over half of respondents (dental nurses in UK and ROI) had had a needlestick injury, with 11% having had one within the last year

The majority of injuries occurred after use/before disposal

BADN/Initial Medical Needlestick Injury Survey 2014 Report

Estimated annual incidence of needlestick injuries is 100,000 in UK

Biomedicine International (2010) 1:41-49 – Needlestick Injuries: Incidence and Cost in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and Spain (M.Saia, F.Hofmann, J Sharman, D Abiteboul, M Campis, J Burkowitz, Y Choe, S Kavanagh)

The costs associated with each needlestick injury can vary considerably, but are significant.

NHS, Scotland 2001

Studies report that up to 56% of dental clinicians suffer at least one needlestick injury per year.

Felix DH et al, 1994 www.ncbi.nlm.nih.hov, Br Dent J. 1994 Mar 5;176(5):180–4

One third of all reported sharps injuries in dental practice are due to the use of non-disposable syringes, most injuries occur during the removal and disposal of needles.

Zakrzewska JM et al. 2001 Br Dent J. 2001 Jan 27;190: 88–92

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