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Reducing the risks of sharps injuries in health professionals

Although there is growing evidence of the risk posed to health care professionals by sharps injuries, many nurses still believe themselves to be at low risk and fail to recognise the potential consequences of these injuries (Leliopoulou et al, 1999). This lack of awareness may be due to the lack of statistical information on the subject, although the issue was mentioned in speeches by both the RCN general secretary Beverly Malone and the health secretary John Reid at the 2004 RCN annual ...

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