Sharps injuries are wounds caused by sharps that accidentally puncture the skin. Non-healthcare sharps injuries are an avoidable event that place persons at risk for bloodborne infections such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B virus (HBV), and hepatitis C virus (HCV).
Examples of sharps include needles, syringes, lancets, auto injectors, infusion sets, and connection needles/sets.
If you experience a sharps injury, immediately follow these steps:
- Wash sharps injuries with soap and water or hand sanitizer if soap and water is unavailable,
- Report incident to your supervisor if occurrence happens while at work,
- Immediately seek medical treatment.
Sharps disposal is important whether at home, work, traveling or in public places.
NEVER place loose sharps in a trash or recycle bin, down a sink, or flush down a toilet.
How to Dispose of Sharps:
- Used sharps should be immediately placed in a sharps disposal container.
- Notre Dame Wellness Center Pharmacy has sharp disposal containers for $4.05 per unit.
Please remember improper disposal of sharps places the entire Notre Dame community at risk.
If you have any questions please contact the Notre Dame Wellness Center Occupational Health Team at 631-2371 or Risk Management and Safety at 631-5037.