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Needlestick injuries

The main group of workers at risk from needlestick injuries are those within the healthcare sector, but injuries also occur in other fields of work.  Workers may acquire a blood-borne infection if they are exposed to infected blood or body fluids. Where the skin is punctured or scratched by a needle or sharp device that has been used in a medical procedure this  is commonly referred to as a needlestick or sharps injury.

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