There may be times when caregivers, med aides/techs, and nurses are at risk for needlestick injuries while providing resident care. It is important for all members of your staff to understand what they should if this happens. The following are clear and simple instructions from the CDC.
If you experienced a needlestick or sharps injury or were exposed to the blood or other body fluid of a patient during the course of your work, immediately follow these steps:
- Wash needlesticks and cuts with soap and water
- Flush splashes to the nose, mouth, or skin with water
- Irrigate eyes with clean water, saline, or sterile irrigants
- Report the incident to your supervisor
- Immediately seek medical treatment