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Reducing the risk of injuries to staff from insulin pens

It is estimated that 100,000 needlestick injuries occur each year in the UK, although it is suspected that many others go unreported (Unison, 2003). The risk of exposure to bloodborne viruses (BBV), in particular hepatitis B, hepatitis C and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has been documented since the mid-1980s, when the first occupational exposure and subsequent seroconversion of a health care worker to HIV positive as the result of a needlestick injury was reported (Communicable ...

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