- Wash hands with soap and water before and after procedures.
- Use protective barriers such as gloves, gowns aprons, masks, goggles for direct contact with blood and other body fluids.
- Disinfect instruments and other contaminated equipment.
- Handle properly soiled linen. (Soiled linen should be handled as little as possible. Gloves and leak-proof bags should be used if necessary. Cleaning should occur outside patient areas, using detergent and hot water.)
- Use of new, single-use disposable injection equipment for all injections is highly recommended. Sterilizable injection should only be considered if single use equipment is not available and if the sterility can be documented with Time, Steam and Temperature indicators.
- Discard contaminated sharps immediately and without recapping in puncture and liquid proof containers that are closed, sealed and destroyed before completely full.
- Document the quality of the sterilization for all medical equipment used for percutaneous procedures.
Preventing Infection in Neutropenic Patients
Some Blog Posts on Needle Sticks by Medical Folk
Needlestick by GruntDoc
Needle Stick et al by Brain Scramble
My First Needle Stick, Part I and II by Scalpel or Sword?
ICN on Preventing Needle Sticks by PerawatS1Unai
Needle Stick protocol training at the USCG Academy --humorous, but makes the "point"