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Sharps safety

RCN Guidance for the Prevention and Management of sharps injuries in health and social care settings

Published: 10/01/2023
Publication code: 010 596
Sharps are commonly used in the delivery of health and care and can be found in all care settings. Sharps, whilst necessary can result in harm to the user with a risk of infection if an injury is sustained after use on a patient/person. This guide has been developed primarily for RCN safety representatives, but other members of the nursing or midwifery team with a role in infection prevention and control (IPC), who support the management of sharps injuries may also find it a useful reference.

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