Needle Safety Laws Now on Books in 16 States
By Jane Perry,
Bill also passed in Alaska
Public Sector Bills
States Moving Quickly
Jane L. Perry, MA, is the director of communications, managing editor of Advances in Exposure Prevention, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.
Key Findings of the Maryland Study Group on Healthcare Worker Safety
- Although the OSHA bloodborne pathogens standard includes language on the use of sharps with ESIP, it has not been an effective tool in promoting their widespread use.
- Although there is growth in the number of Maryland health care facilities that are using devices with ESIP, 24% of facilities responding to the survey reported they did not use any devices with ESIP. Of the facilities that do utilize devices with ESIP, most are only using them for intravenous therapy procedures.
- No facility has discontinued use of devices with ESIP after implementation.
- Long-term care facilities represented 68% of all facilities reporting NO use of safety devices.
- The highest percentage of use was in IV therapy, followed by phlebotomy and injections.
- Of the facilities that use devices with ESIP, 79% reported mandatory use.
- As the number of service types in a facility increased (such as in large acute-care facilities) the use of devices with ESIP increased.