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Needlestick Prevention/Sharps Safety

Needlestick Prevention/Sharps Safety Toolkit

 OVERVIEW  | REGULATIONS & GUIDELINES | BEST PRACTICES | INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCES | PATIENT RESOURCES  


Overview             

Occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens from needlesticks and other sharps injuries is a serious problem, resulting in approximately 385,000 needlesticks and other sharps-related injuries to hospital-based healthcare personnel each year. Similar injuries occur in other healthcare settings, such as nursing homes, clinics, emergency care services, and private homes. Sharps injuries are primarily associated with occupational transmission of hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), but they have been implicated in the transmission of more than 20 other pathogens. Source: CDC

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Regulations & Guidelines                     

CDC

(1) Sharps Safety for Healthcare Settings

(2) Device Screening and Evaluation Forms

NIOSH

(1) Safer Medical Device Implementation in Health Care Facilities  

(2) What Every Worker Should Know: How to Protect Yourself From Needlestick Injuries

(3) Selecting, Evaluating, and Using Sharps Disposal Containers

(4) Stop Sticks Campaign

OSHA  Bloodborne Pathogens and Needlestick Prevention
WHO

 

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Best Practices                  
Key Learnings as of September  2015

 

Related Articles

 

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions - Bloodborne Pathogens — Occupational Exposure 

 

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