Needle devices that need to be taken apart or

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Unformatted text preview: es with hollow-bore needles. Needle devices that need to be taken apart or manipulated by the health care worker-like blood-drawing devices that need to be detached after use. Syringes that retain an exposed needle after use. Needles that are attached to tubing-like butterflies that can be difficult to place in sharps disposal containers. The highest risk of injury is from blood-filled hollow-bore needles. They accounted for 63% of the needlestick injuries from June 1995-July 1999 (NIOSH, 1999). Ninety 2 percent of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) documented cases of health care workers who contracted HIV from needlestick injuries involved injuries with hollow-bore, blood-filled needles (CDC, 1998a). This data may appear to be “old”, dating back five or six years. It continues to have relevance when discussing the 2000 Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act since it was the science available at the time the law was debated, and ultimately, passed. This data proved to be very persuasive, and he...
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