SHARPS Protocol

Sharps protocol

What to do following a SHARPS injury

  1. Encourage bleeding by squeezing sit of puncture wound. Do not suck.
  2. Wash the wound with soap and water. Do not scrub.
  3. Wash splashes in eyes using tap water or an eye wash bottle, and nose or mouth with plenty of tap water. Do not swallow the water.
  4. Cover the wound with waterproof dressing.
  5. Report the incident to a supervisor, Infection Control officer
  6. Have contact information of a local clinic ready for determination of risk factors.
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