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Like a Loaded Gun: Preventing Needlesticks & Sharps Injuries

Summary: Ultimately, the loaded gun comparison is used widely in healthcare regarding needles and sharps because without vigilance and diligence to safety procedures, both can kill the user or those around them. Guns may do so more quickly and violently, but needles and sharps can just as certainly kill. They must be handled with the same diligence as that of guns. This danger can be mitigated with the use of safe devices, training and awareness of human factors, and human errors.


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