Medical Definition of Needlestick injury
Needlestick injury: A penetrating stab wound from a needle (or other sharp object) that may result in exposure to blood or other body fluids. The main concern is exposure to the blood or other body fluids of another person who may be carrying infectious disease. The pathogens of primary concern are the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV).
In case of such a needlestick injury, you should immediately follow these steps:
These recommendations are in line with those of the CDC (the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention).
Last Editorial Review: 5/13/2016
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