Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Free clean blades for cutters

From the (London) Times Online comes this cutting edge story (thanks, I think, to my friend Sancho Panza)

Sarah-Kate Templeton, Medical Correspondent

NURSES want patients who are intent on harming themselves to be provided with clean blades so that they can cut themselves more safely.

They say people determined to harm themselves should be helped to minimise the risk of infection from dirty blades, in the same way as drug addicts are issued with clean needles.

This could include giving the ?self-harm? patients sterile blades and clean packets of bandages or ensuring that they keep their own blades clean. Nurses would also give patients advice about
which parts of the body it is safer to cut.

Go read the rest, if you want. How depressing.


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