Needle Stick Injury
Needlestick injuries can occur when administering treatments and aestheticians need to protect themselves from injury.
Protect yourselves by:
· Ensuring that you are up to date with hepatitis B vaccinations (your allocated prescriber can support you with this).
· Wear double gloves
· Be mindful when you work
· You have a choice of who you do or do not treat
You will receive a series of tests and will be prescribed with anti-viral drugs which your doctor will give you guidance about.
Tetanus and Hepatitis B vaccinations should be acquired for those entering permanent cosmetic and advanced aesthetical beauty.
In the case of a needle stick injury you must react immediately as follows:
Inform your client of the incident
Remove your protective gloves
Squeeze the injury hard so the area bleeds
Run the injured area under cold running water
Apply a disinfectant such as neat Dettol
Cover with a plaster
Re glove your hands
Change the needle cartridge to a new one
If you are significantly concerned a phlebotomist can ask for a sample of the clients blood.
Ensure that all their disclosed medical information was correct
Go to A&E with your client documents (and sample if collected)
Report as an accident at work