Monday, June 17, 2013

Safer Needle Devices: Protecting Health Care Workers

800,000 Needlestick Injuries Occur Each Year in the United States

Needlesticks are costly:
  • Time and money to investigate the source
  • Post-exposure care
  • Lost work time and productivity
  • Treatment of resulting illnesses
  • Workers' lived
Who is injured most frequently?


Needlestick injuries are underreported

Underreporting reasons:
  • Lack of time
  • Employer response
  • Concern about HIV status

Types of devices most commonly involved in needlestick injuries

Items most frequently causing sharp-object injuries (1995):

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