The effects of a needle stick injury
Whilst the possibility of actual infection from a needlestick injury, or indeed injury from other sharps, scalpels, and surgical instruments is not high (see statistics on needlestick injuries) the anxiety and stress caused by an injury can be severe and can place enormous strain upon a partnership. Sometimes it can be stressful for your partner for you to simply be working in an environment where there is a risk of injury even if you haven’t sustained an injury yourself.
Counselling for needlestick injury
Accurate information can be a great help in these circumstances and this can be hard to find, especially when you are stressed, so please see our needlestick injury links page for places to get more information. However information may not be enough, and it is a good idea to consider counselling for your partner as well as for yourself.
Other options include seeking out others who have had similar experiences and again our needlestick injury links section can help with this.
Above all it is important to ensure that you have taken all the steps recommended in our what to do in the event of a needlestick injury page and to remember that the risk of infection is slight.
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