Health professionals who sustain a needlestick injury in the course of their duties are at risk of contracting a serious blood-borne virus.
What you'll get from the guide
- What to do if the patient lacks capacity.
- What to do if the patient is not expected to regain capacity.
- How to assess whether testing the patient would be lawful and appropriate.
How to use the guide
As part of their duty of care to the health professionals they employ, we strongly encourage all employers of healthcare staff to develop their own protocols based on this guidance. It should state that in these cases, where it is not possible to seek consent, it will usually be appropriate to test the source patient.