03 November 2018 – Telegraph
Over 1,200 NHS staff have won damages after being injured by needles potentially infected with HIV or hepatitis over the past six years.
Official figures from NHS Resolution reveal “unacceptable” widespread failures to dispose of needles safely, resulting in pay-outs of at least £4,077,441 since 2012.
Hospitals are under a strict legal obligation to dispose of syringes safely, usually by means of a solid, brightly marked “sharps” bin, which doctors and nurses should ensure are close at hand before administering injections.
Ed. Sharps bins should be used at ALL times to ensure safety.