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Website last update April 2020

Safe Handling of Sharps

The term sharps means any sharp or pointy object that could penetrate the skin or oral mucosa. In dentistry the most common sharps include:

  • needles

  • scalpels

  • endo files

  • burs

  • instruments

We have a number of measures in place to avoid sharps injuries in particular needle stick injuries. Every surgery contains a puncture proof sharps bin that should be stored above 'child level'. It should be replaced when the fill line is reached (3/4 of the way) to avoid sharps protruding from the top. We have protocol in place to follow should anyone receive a needle stick injury.