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Needle Retrieval

The Relkogroup provide needle retrieval services to help clean areas of dangerous materials. The frequency of needle stick related injuries has increased in recent times, linked with the rise in intravenous drug abuse. Although previously limited to deprived inner-city areas, few communities now escape this problem.

You should never attempt to retrieve a needle yourself, but if you do suffer a needle-stick injury, you should take the following steps:

  • Wash the affected area thoroughly, using only clean water and soap for at least 15 minutes
  • Encourage the wound to bleed by gently squeezing
  • Avoid sucking the wound at all costs
  • Seek medical assistance immediately

The majority of needles are unsterilised, which means they pose a serious health risk and have the potential to cause a variety of problems. There is a multitude of blood borne pathogens associated with needle-stick injuries, all of which can seriously impact your quality of life should you be exposed to them. These include:

  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C

The following bacterial skin contaminants are also commonly associated with needle-stick injuries:

  • Staphylococcus Aureus
  • Tetanus

Due to the danger posed by needles and their associated contaminants, it is imperative that you enlist the services of experienced needle retrieval specialists like those at Relkogroup. Our team is fully trained and properly equipped to deal with such hazardous equipment and substances.

Here at Relkogroup, we operate 24 hours a day, all year round. With our needle retrieval service we offer a two hour response time to Birmingham, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Dudley, Worcester, Stafford and Telford postcodes. For more information on our needle retrieval services, or any of our other services, get in touch with the team.