All These Areas Are Within Easy Reach of The Haven Healing Centre, Blagdon, Bristol
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Needle Stick Injury Counselling
Anxiety counselling following needle stick injury
Find Relief from the Anxiety of Needle Stick Injury
Dealing with the fear of needle stick or a sharps cut?
You never think it's going to happen to you
Who is at risk? What should I do?
You're at work and you suddenly feel a scratch or a prick on your hand, arm or leg. You look down and think nothing of it, it was only a scratch. But then you see a trickle of blood, just a small one, in the vicinity of the scratch. You decide to investigate. Was it something I bumped into? Did someone brush past me? Was it in this bag of rubbish I'm carrying? You suddenly realize you've been stuck with a carelessly disgarded needle and syringe.
Now the panic sets in! You start remembering newspaper reports about shared needles and drug addiction. You remember a TV program about contaminated needles and how these spread life threatening diseases. You have thoughts about dying and the moment of being 'told' you have this or that disease. Was it my fault? Whose fault was it? A work collegue? A careless cleaner? A drug addict? Oh my God, what if I get AIDS?
It's funny how the mind always goes straight to the worst case scenario. But that's just human nature isn't it? We always seem to want to think the worst, than the best. It's almost as if we say to ourselves, well if the worst happens, and I'm thinking it anyway, it won't be so bad. I won't have so far to fall........
I'm almost sorry to say, I have considerable experience of needle stick injury, and feel confident that I can help you to put some perspective into what can be a very traumatic event. I can help you to deal with the anger, the fear, the uncertainty and the feelings of loss of control that seems to dominate this problem. Contact details are below, if this condition affects you.
Some people feel embarrassed about seeking help for something that they feel they should perhaps be able to cope with on their own. But believe me, there is so much to be gained from the peace of mind that it is far more beneficial to overcome that initial reluctance and make the appointment.
Despite years of training, the introduction of standard safety procedures, the advice of the HSE (Health and Safety Executive / Commission), reports by HPA (Health Protection Agency), the filling out of reams of RIDDOR forms (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995), the Governments own website of Parliamentary publications which states that; The National Audit Office report; 'A Safer Place to Work, Improving the management of health and safety risks to staff in NHS trusts', estimates that there are around 23,000 needle stick injuries in England each year.
It's a bit like the building industry really. Even though we are drowning in safety instructions and there is so much emphasis on hard hats, scaffolding and luminous jackets, there are more accidents on building sites now than ever before. And, when anyone does have an accident it's nearly always catastrophic. We have become so coccooned in red tape and safety procedures that nobody has enough near misses to make them cautious anymore. And, so injuries tend to be big ones. Oops, I'm on my soap box aren't I? Sorry.
These 23,000 are the reported injuries, understand. Many injuries of this type go unreported and estimates vary but seem to collectively settle around a figure of double the official estimate. The above report clearly states this figure relates to NHS staff.
It does not include all of the builders, cleaners, office staff, caretakers, park and playing field groundsmen, council staff that work in social settings, cleaning contractors of domestic and industrial refuse, who come into contact with needles and sharps during the course of their normal working experience. In many respects, these people are at even more risk! What about the road sweeper who has to do around the local toilets frequented by drug addicts? Or the groundsman who is ripping out weeds from the base of the park bandstand? These people can come into contact with contaminated needles infinitely more deadly than those found in the clinical setting of a hospital. Who counts up these injuries and accounts for them?
What are the risks?
The main risks from needle stick injury to anyone is exposure to blood Borne Viruses (BBV's). The main viruses of concern are:
Nevertheless, BBV's in the general population remain relatively low and therefore the risk of infection from needlestick injury is also relatively low. That is, in the medical setting of hospitals and doctor surgeries. Prison officers, police, youth workers, probation officers, social workers, builders and cleaners, are far more likely to come into contact with the disgarded waste of high risk needle users, and therefore cannot be included, or claim a share in the relative safety of any low risk catagory needle use and abuse.
- Hepatitis B (HBV)
- Hepatitis C (HCV)
- Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV)
Any sharps or needle injury, whether accident or not, should be regarded as potentially hazardous. All blood and body fluids, regardless of source, should be considered to contain infectious agents and treated as such. Inappropriately discarded needles in rubbish bags, instead of the required sharps bin is probably one of the most tragic incidents, as it is also the easiest to prevent.
And this brings up another point. The commonest cause of needle stick injury is not necessarily carelessness on the part of the injured party, but laziness on the part of the needle user, when disgarding the needle or sharp inappropriately. This means these injuries are, for the most part, avoidable.
I'd like to invite anyone who is anxious about having received a needle stick injury to make an appointment and give my Counselling Service a try. If you live in any of the towns and villages on the left of this article, you are well within a 2-40 minute drive of The Haven Healing Centre, and I will do everything I can to help you with this problem.
Please call Phil Chave on 01761 462722 to make your appointment or to talk about a treatment plan structured around your needs.
Don't wait. Make your appointment today. You'll be glad you did!
P.S. If you or someone you know has had a needle stick injury, and it's destroying their lives with worry about the unknown or the testing procedure, send them the link to this page, get them to pick up the phone and give me a call. Let's talk about it and put it in perspective RIGHT NOW! You can do EFT right alongside your current treatment, even over the phone, and it will do no harm, neither will your treatments interfere with one another.
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