Needlestick injury

Needle stick injuries are an occupational hazard of many health care workers, including nurses, anaesthetists, dentists and laboratory technicians.

The estimated risk for infection after a needle stick or cut exposure to HCV-infected blood is approximately 1.8%.

There have been 20 hepatitis C virus seroconversions in healthcare workers reported in the UK between 1997 and 2011 in total; 17 cases reported in England and three in Scotland.