An NHS Resolution article claims that 1,833 incident claims for Needlestick Injuries (NSIs) were received between 2012 and 2017 (fiscal years).

Of these claims, 1,213 were successful and cost the NHS £4,077,441. 326 claims still remain open, meaning this figure could actually be even higher.

NHS Resolution believe that this harm and cost is largely avoidable as most sharps injuries can be prevented. They believe these injuries are caused partly due to inadequate disposal of clinical waste and well as overfull sharps bins.

914 of the successful claims were by ancillary staff, 137 by clinical staff and 162 from other occupations. Failing to prevent NSIs can lead to trusts being found to be in breach of regulations. This could result in notices of contravention and ultimately costly legal claims.

NHS Resolution are encouraging organisations to review their procurement of safer sharps versus conventional sharps.

NeedleSmart is market leading, patented technology that destroys hypodermic needles at the point of use. Our products heat the needle to over 1,300 °C, to a molten state, prior to compressing it into a ball, thus killing potential harmful pathogens, viruses and bacteria adhering to the needle.

The process takes just a fraction of a second and creates a safe, sealed sphere of sterile metal that is no longer sharp. The compression and sterilisation of the needle allows the waste to be disposed as non-hazardous rather than hazardous clinical waste, also potentially having considerable cost savings.

Read the whole article at https://resolution.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/NHS-Resolution-Preventing-needlestick-injuries-leaflet-final.pdf

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*Resource publication: NHS Resolution, Preventing Needlestick Injuries