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All sharps will be disposed of safely minimising the risk of needle stick injury to patients, health professionals and other members of the public
Anything that can puncture the skin could be classified as a sharp. In this policy the following items are included in the term.
It is the responsibility of the patient or carer to safely dispose of all sharp items. All staff involved in the education of patients with diabetes have a responsibility to ensure sharps disposal education is provided and that patients/carers are clear how to dispose of sharps.
Where community nurses provide insulin injections or do blood glucose testing, universal precautions must be followed. These are:
Specialist groups of Patients may be provided with a sharps box by primary care or their diabetes clinic i.e.:
Patients may also be provided with a needle-clipping device in place of a sharp box if they are able bodied and able to use one appropriately.
Needle clipping devices are available on FP10 prescription from primary care.
These should be disposed of in a household container e.g. a plastic bottle with a secure lid. The container can then be put safely in the household waste when half full.
Lancets used for blood glucose monitoring can not be clipped with the device and so lancets should be disposed of in a plastic bottle with a secure lid and the bottle put in the household waste when half full.
Source: Northumbria NHS Health Care Trust diabetes protocol
Brad Cheek: 21 May, 2011