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By Shari Krusniak

May 22, 2014

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that of the 35 million healthcare workers worldwide, at least 2 million people, suffer accidental needlestick injuries each year.  More than 20 pathogens have been reportedly transmitted from needlesticks. The most serious transmissions include: Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV.  Two of the most common causes of needlestick injuries are two-handed recapping and the unsafe collection and disposal of sharps. According to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), nurses have the most frequent exposure, registering almost 50 percent of needlestick injuries.  Hollow-bore needles are the main cause of injury in 68.5  percent of all cases. 1