Video: preventing needlestick injuries

I came across this video on preventing needlestick injuries and thought I would share it. A lot of people I know have had one or more needlestick injuries, and they can be pretty serious depending on what was being injected and what after-care is received.  One thing that the video doesn’t mention is that the packaging for injectable medications has instructions on what to do in case of a needlestick injury.  Knowing what actions need to be taken for each medication you’re using before an injury happens is another step to add to your prevention checklist!  I’ve also seen people use needle cap holders to prevent sticking them selves when re-capping (click here to see an example of a commercially available product). I don’t think you would necessarily need to buy something to use this type of system.  Any tube the right size to hold the cap that is weighted enough on the bottom to not fall over would work.  The same goes for sharps containers.  You don’t have to buy anything fancy or custom-made.  A tuperware container with the end of the lid cut off and re-attached with tape lets you open the lid just enough to put sharps inside, and can then be re-sealed. Just be sure to label it!  I also like the belt system they were using in the video.  Probably about half of the needlestick cases that have happened to people I know were due to keeping the syringe in their pocket.