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Healthcare workers get the point, literally, in operating room injury report

OSHA Healthcare Connection, April 22, 2008

A report posted this month by the Occupational Health Surveillance Program of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health shows that sharps safety in operating room (OR) settings still has a long way to go.here to view the report.

"Sharps Injuries in the Operating Room" looked at annual sharps injury reports for 99 facilities in 2004. The facilities were all licensed by the state department of health and included hospitals, community health centers, and ambulatory care centers.

Here are some of the report's findings:

  • 32% of sharps injuries reported occurred in OR settings
  • Devices without safety features accounted for more than 78% of injuries with 54% suture needle devices
  • 53% of suture needle injuries and 67% of scalpel injuries were to non-physician personnel
  • 27% of OR sharps injuries occur in preventable situations including handling or passing equipment, cleanup, and improper sharps disposal

 

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