Newsfeed : U.K. Nurses Call for Safer Needles in Health Settings

POZ - Health, Life and HIV
Subscribe to:
POZ magazine
Join POZ: Facebook MySpace Twitter Pinterest
Tumblr Google+ Flickr MySpace
POZ Personals
Sign In / Join

Back to home » Newsfeed » November 2008

Most Popular Links
Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

20 Years Ago In POZ

More News

Click here for more news

Have news about HIV? Send press releases, news tips and other announcements to


November 19, 2008

U.K. Nurses Call for Safer Needles in Health Settings

Nurses in the United Kingdom are urging the National Health Service to provide them with safer, shielded hypodermic needles to prevent the risk of HIV or hepatitis transmission in health care settings, BBC News reports.

According to a poll of about 2,000 nurses in the United Kingdom conducted by the Royal College of Nursing, nearly half of respondents said they do not have access to safer injection devices, which have a collar of plastic to prevent accidental needle pricks.

“It is clear that needles injuries are an everyday threat for nurses,” said RCN general secretary Peter Carter.

“Government and employers in the NHS need to start taking this issue seriously by introducing needle policies and investing in safer alternatives to traditional needles so that these accidents don’t happen in the first place.”

The survey found that 48 percent of nurses had been stuck by a needle previously used by a patient during their careers, and just 55 percent of them said they received training about safe needle usage.

BBC news reports that since figures started being collected in the late 1990s, 11 health workers have been infected with hepatitis and five with HIV from accidental needle sticks.

Search: United Kingdom, nurses, needles, National Health Service, Royal College of Nursing

Scroll down to comment on this story.


(will display; 2-50 characters)


(will NOT display)


(will display; optional)

Comment (500 characters left):

(Note: The POZ team reviews all comments before they are posted. Please do not include either ":" or "@" in your comment. The opinions expressed by people providing comments are theirs alone. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Smart + Strong, which is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by people providing comments.)

Comments require captcha.
Please enter this number for verification:

| Posting Rules

Show comments (0 total)

[Go to top]

Facebook Twitter Google+ MySpace YouTube Tumblr Flickr Instagram
Quick Links
Current Issue

HIV Testing
Safer Sex
Find a Date
Newly Diagnosed
HIV 101
Disclosing Your Status
Starting Treatment
Help Paying for Meds
Search for the Cure
POZ Stories
POZ Opinion
POZ Exclusives
Read the Blogs
Visit the Forums
Job Listings
Events Calendar
POZ on Twitter

Ask POZ Pharmacist

Talk to Us
Did you participate in an event for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2016?


more surveys
Contact Us
We welcome your comments!
[ about Smart + Strong | about POZ | POZ advisory board | partner links | advertising policy | advertise/contact us | site map]
© 2016 Smart + Strong. All Rights Reserved. Terms of use and Your privacy.
Smart + Strong® is a registered trademark of CDM Publishing, LLC.