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The use of sharps should be avoided where possible. However, when their use is essential, particular care is required in handling and disposal and, if possible, safer devices should be used.
Sharps should always be handled carefully. The components of safe handling are:
Used sharps must be disposed of safely. The components of safe disposal are:
The Medical Devices Agency (2001b) stipulates that: ‘Emphasis should be placed on the correct handling of sharps before, during and after use, and the safe disposal of such devices. Appropriate training of staff is essential in reducing the risks of needlestick and sharps injuries.
- This should be used appropriately following a risk assessment:
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