Factsheet

Sharps Management and Needle Stick Injury

Procedure for picking up a used needle or syringe

  1. Assess the area for other possible hazards
  2. Put on gloves
  3. Place the sharps disposal bin beside the needle or syringe
  4. Pick up the needle or syringe by the centre of the barrel
  5. Place it in the bin – sharp end first
  6. Replace the lid or cap on the sharps disposal container
  7. Wash hands thoroughly
  8. Dispose of sharps disposal container at an appropriate location [check with NTAHC or the NSP booklet for the most convenient]

Things to consider

    Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation is essential in responding to opioid overdoses

    In 2006, 26,400 unintentional drug overdose deaths occurred in the United States, the majority of which involved opioids.  Mouth to mouth resuscitation (rescue breathing) is essential when responding to an opioid overdose because the victim is dying of lack of oxygen due to reduced or arrested breathing caused by the opioids.   Rescue breathing, if initiated soon enough, provides oxygen which is essential to saving a life by keeping the heart pumping and preventing brain damage.

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