Those who suffer a needle stick injury often face an
Between 2004 and 2013 there were 3,396 reported
These statistics show that current methods, technology, and working practices are inadequate and that needle disposal requires a more effective, safer solution to protect workers and patients.
It was also reported that 75% of these claimants were ancillary staff and not medical professionals (4). In the UK, NHS Resolution reports an increase of 30.5% in clinical scheme payouts from 2017 – 2018, while compensation payments by the Clinical Negligence Scheme doubled between 2015 and 2018 from £1.15 Billion to £2.2 Billion (4).
- Royal College of Nursing report: “Needle-stick injury in 2008”
- United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/sharpssafety/index.html
- Health Protection Agency 2008: Eye of the Needle – UK surveillance of Significant Occupational Exposures to
- NHS Resolution: “Did you know? Preventing Needle-stick injuries” May 2017