The invention of the needle stick has considered an immense breakthrough in medical industry. The benefits include but not limited to injecting vaccines, drawing blood and many more. However, like any other invention, there are dangerous sides to it as well. It should be taken seriously because the needle might have been contaminated by the germs of a harmful disease. Such incedents migh happen more at work. What you should and where you need to go in this situation are explained here.
What is Needle Stick Injury and How to Treat it
It is caused by penetration of a hypodermic needle in the skin which has been previously contaminated by blood, body fluid or other disease-causing agents. Commonly people wash the affected, removing a small amount of blood from the infected site and apply antiseptic. It is not enough and proper care should be taken depending on the conditions of the injury and the environment this injury happened.
The best thing to do after such injury is to visit the closest clinic. Before that, it would be good to use first aid to clean the wound from any bacteria. If the injury is small, use a temporary bandaid to cover the wound until the specialist visits you.
What Does SNOHC Do in Case of Needle Stick Injury?
In the case of Needle Stick Injury, our experts will take an emergency measure to assure that they can stop the spread of disease. After taking a complete history, professionals will conduct different tests to find out whether the agent has spread in the body or not. Meanwhile, they will also inject medications in the body that will stop any possible disease-causing agents depending on the condition of the injury andd the environment where the injury occured.