Needlestick Injury

What to do if you prick yourself with a needle

If you prick yourself with a needle there is a small possibility of contracting blood borne infections. These include hepatitis C, hepatitis B and HIV. There is also the possibility of acquiring tetanus. If you happen to prick yourself with a needle follow the steps below

  1. Let the wound bleed freely   
  2. Wash the skin surface with soap and water (avoid scrubbing)
  3. Contact your family doctor and/or Southwestern Public Health or go to the nearest emergency department
  4. Get testing done for blood borne infections
  5. Check your immunization records to make sure that you are up-to-date with your Hepatitis B and tetanus vaccines. If you are not up-to-date with these vaccines follow up with Southwestern Public Health. They are available at Southwestern Public Health’s Vaccination Clinic. You can check out Immunization Through Your Lifespan to see what immunizations you may be due for.

 

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