EMI - Guidelines for the emergency management of injuries (including needlestick and sharps injuries, sexual exposure and human bites - bloodborne viruses)
The purpose of these guidelines is to provide comprehensive guidance on the appropriate management of injuries where there is a risk of transmission of bloodborne viruses and other infections. The types of injury covered are: needlestick or other sharps injury, sexual exposure, human bites, and exposure of broken skin or of mucous membranes.
The guidelines will shortly be presented as a user-friendly toolkit with separate access to individual parts of the guidelines. In this way, the user will be able to rapidly and easily access the relevant algorithms, forms, leaflets and background material as needed in an emergency. For example, it will be possible to rapidly access the recommended care pathway based on the different types of presenting injuries, e.g. community needlestick, occupational exposure, human bite, sexual exposure. There will also be electronic hyperlinks internally between all the relevant sections.
This document was published by the Department of Health and Children.