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Needlestick and sharps injuries: avoiding the risk in clinical practice

Before discussing the risks of needlestick and sharps injuries it is important to identify the extent of the problem. This is the first stumbling block, as there is little information relating to the true incidence of needlestick and sharps injuries. The Department of Health (DH) does not currently collect such data, but there are plans to issue guidance to remedy this.

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