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Needlestick injuries

If skin is punctured by a sharp medical tool like a scalpel or needle on a syringe, it is called a ‘needlestick injury’.

Needlesticks don’t just happen in hospitals – stepping on a needle in park is the same thing. Infection by HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C in these situations is rare. Seek medical attention immediately. Follow the links below to find trusted information about needlestick injuries.

Last reviewed: February 2014

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Treating needlestick injuries

In Western Australia to date there has not been a documented case of a person contracting HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C from a needlestick injury that occurred in a community setting.

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Needlestick injuries are common and concerning accidents for healthcare professionals, as needlesticks may cause infections like HIV and hepatitis C.

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