Healthcare and Medicine Reference
In the event of a needlestick injury to a healthcare worker, blood
may only be taken for testing from a patient who lacks capacity or
is unconscious if it is in the best interests of the patient.
DO NOT REUSE
Cleaning or disposing of equipment
Most equipment used in sterile procedures is disposable. Equipment
that cannot be cleaned or reused can be identifi ed by the symbol
seen in Figure 3.5. Please dispose of contaminated equipment safely,
and prevent injury to other healthcare workers.
Synonyms for this are:
Use only once
Figure 3.5 Symbol used to identify equipment that cannot be cleaned or
Department of Health. (2005) Saving Lives Campaign .
Department of Health. (2003) Winning ways: working together to reduce
healthcare associated infection in England.
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). (2003) Infection
control. NICE clinical guideline 2 . www.nice.org.uk/cg2
National Resource for Infection Control (NRIC). www.nric.org.uk.
The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) 2005 came into force on
1 October 2007. This was introduced to protect patients that lack
the capacity to provide consent.
Under the MCA, all treatment decisions relating to patients over
the age of 16 years who lack the capacity to consent must be neces-
sary and made in the patient's best interests.