Sharps Safety: Advancing the Agenda to Curtail Injuries and Exposures

July 16, 2015

While strides have been made to address occupational injuries and exposures in the healthcare environment, the obstacles remain, and ex-perts say that a greater commitment to safety among all stakeholders -- healthcare personnel, healthcare institutions and industry -- is necessary to achieve a reduction in the numbers of individuals experiencing these adverse events. This special digital issue explores current rates of reported sharps-related injuries and blood/body fluid exposures; looks at recent data characterizing efforts toward improving safety, and presents the findings of a survey of infection preventionists.

Issue Summary

While strides have been made to address occupational injuries and exposures in the healthcare environment, the obstacles remain, and experts say that a greater commitment to safety among all stakeholders – healthcare personnel, healthcare institutions and industry – is necessary to achieve a reduction in the numbers of individuals experiencing these adverse events. This special digital issue explores current rates of reported sharps-related injuries and blood/body fluid exposures; looks at recent data characterizing efforts toward improving safety, and presents the findings of a survey of infection preventionists.

Table of Contents

  • Sharps Safety: Advancing the Agenda to Curtail Injuries and Exposures
  • Sharps Safety is Still a Work in Progress: A Q&A with Amber Hogan Mitchell, DrPH, MPH, CPH
  • Sharps Safety Case Studies:
      –   Correctional Health Program Needlestick Safety Study
      –   Sharps Management Service Survey
  • Product Showcase

Takeaways for Your Business

  • Review recent sharps-related injury data from EPINet
  • Learn about the findings of the EXPOsure Survey of Trends in Occupational Practice
  • Discover what infection preventionists think about sharps safety-related challenges in their institutions