A law firm like Accident Advice Helpline deal with thousands of calls from prospective claimants every year and that includes some people who are looking for a lawyer who will work for ‘no win, no fee*’ in Pyle. A fair proportion of these claimants are nursing and other medical staff who have suffered an injury whilst they were working in a healthcare setting.
There are many potential hazards that can affect medical staff but needle stick injuries or sharps injuries are among the most worrying. In fact a comprehensive nursing survey has shown that there are around 100,000 needle stick injuries amongst NHS workers in the UK every year – some of these will inevitably result in a search for a lawyer who handles sharps injuries claims for ‘no win, no fee*’ in Pyle.
A ‘sharps’ injury occurs when a health care worker is jabbed, stabbed or cut in some way by a needle or other sharp medical device. The hazard arises because the medical device may have been contaminated with the body fluids (often blood) of the patient. This body fluid may contain harmful pathogens which can make the health care worker ill.
There are many health and safety procedures that should be introduced to reduce the likelihood of sharps injuries happening and so remove the need to hunt for a lawyer who works on sharps claims for ‘no win, no fee*’ in Pyle. Some of these are summarised here.
Avoiding having to hunt for a sharps injury lawyer who works for ‘no win, no fee*’ in Pyle
The first step in avoiding having to hunt for a sharps injury lawyer who works for no win no fee* in Pyle is to limit the number of ‘sharp’ instruments used. Needle free equipment has now been designed for many medical procedures and an assessment should always be carried out to determine if a sharp piece of equipment is actually needed.
If a sharp instrument has to be used then it should be a ‘safe sharp’ – a medical device with a built in feature or mechanism that cuts down the risk of accidental injury. A syringe with a needle that has a shield that pivots to cover the needle after use is an example of this.
Effective training is absolutely essential in preventing sharps injures – staff should be trained to re-cap needles using one hand.
Injuries are more likely if a ‘sharps box’ is not provided or not sited properly. These are boxes into which sharps must be placed as soon as they have been used. They must also be clearly marked, they are often bright yellow. They should be positioned so that they can easily be found when they are needed – walking around a busy ward with a needle looking for a sharps box adds to the hazard rather than removing it!
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