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Needlestick Prevention/Sharps Safety Toolkit
 Needlestick Prevention/Sharps Safety Toolkit




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

Regulations & Guidelines



(1) Sharps Safety for Healthcare Settings

(2) Device Screening and Evaluation Forms





(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  

(5) State-by-State Provisions of State Needle Safety Legislation

OSHA  Bloodborne Pathogens and Needlestick Prevention 

(1) Protecting Healthcare Workers: Preventing needlestick injuries toolkit 

(2) Needlestick injuries

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Best Practices



Key Learnings as of September 2015

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend that health care personnel (HCP) adopt safer work practices and consider using medical devices with safety features. Source

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Frequently Asked Questions - Bloodborne Pathogens —Occupational Exposure 

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Instructional Resources

(1) Workbook for Designing, Implementing and Evaluating a Sharps Injury Prevention Program 

(2) Teaching Tools

(3) Wikipedia - Needlestick Injury

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