SAFE HANDLING & DISPOSAL OF NEEDLES AND SYRINGES
Phil & Jennie Gaglardi Academy
Considerable anxiety because of fear of contracting blood-borne diseases such as HIV, hepatitis B & C, and tetanus. Research shows that the risk of acquiring a disease from a needle-stick injury in a school setting is very low. However, if needles are found, it is important that we know what to do and how to dispose of the threat promptly.
- Regular inspection of grounds
- Do not place hands into areas or objects where you cannot see
- If students pick up rubbish, provide proper equipment (ie a grabber tool)
- Students should never handle or pick-up needles of any kind only faculty
- Do not dispose of needles in a garbage can, sink, or toilets
- Provide a “sharps” container in the medical room.
Tools: vinyl gloves, sharps container.
What to do if a needle prick occurs:
- Stay calm and encourage the wound to bleed by squeezing gently.
- Wash the area as soon a possible with running water and soap.
- Apply antiseptic and band-aid.
- Contact the School Director.
- Visit the Emergency or walk-in clinic as soon as possible.
Emergency Procedures, March 4, 2016