Needlestick Injuries

Needlestick Injuries

What to Do, Common Causes and How EMPLOYERS® Has You Covered

Needlestick and other sharps injuries are a serious hazard in any healthcare setting. Incidental punctures by contaminated needles, broken glass and other sharps may expose healthcare workers to infectious fluids including bloodborne pathogens. With workers’ compensation insurance from EMPLOYERS, you’re covered. Learn what you can do to help prevent needlestick injuries in your medical practice and the most common needlestick injuries to watch out for, find how to prepare and protect your employees, and know what to do if a needlestick injury happens at work.

What to Do After a Needlestick Injury

You should always follow your internal office protocol and CDC guidelines for management of needlestick and sharps incidents. EMPLOYERS has created a step-by-step guide to help walk you through exactly what to do after a needlestick injury has taken place.

Reporting a Workers’ Compensation Needlestick Claim

Reporting a needlestick injury is as simple as calling the EMPLOYERS Injured Employee Hotline for help at (855) 365-6010. Our staff is available 24/7 and fluent in both English and Spanish, with accommodations for other languages.

Keep in mind not all workers’ compensation insurance provides the same benefits for sharps injuries. If your medical practice is insured with EMPLOYERS, our worker’s compensation coverage includes:

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The Most Common Causes of Needlestick Injuries

According to a nurses survey published by the US National Library of Medicine’s National Institutes of Health, the most common place needlestick injuries happen is crowded medical wards with syringe needles. But studies suggest only a fraction of needlestick and sharps injuries are even reported, with underreporting especially prevalent in operating rooms.

1,000 Per Day

The average number of sharps injuries for hospital-based healthcare workers nationally.
Centers for Disease Control

Here are some of the most common causes of a needlestick injury to watch out for:

How to Prevent Needlestick and Sharps Injuries

Unfortunately needlesticks and sharps injuries do happen. You can use this quick checklist, which combines CDC Guidelines with EMPLOYERS procedures to help prevent these injuries and keep your practice safe:

For more information on needlestick injuries, protocols, safety and prevention, visit the additional resources included to the left. EMPLOYERS policyholders can also create custom safety materials by logging in to the Loss Control Connection℠.