Safety

Study: Device availability and enforcement cut needlestick exposures

OSHA Healthcare Connection, December 30, 2008

Needlestick incidents declined 34% among U.S. healthcare workers from 1993 to 2004, according to a study by the University of Virginia International Healthcare Worker Safety Center and published in the December, 2008, Journal of Infection and Public Health.

The improvement in safety occurred as a result of needlestick prevention legislation and after devices such as disposable syringes, phlebotomy sets/needles, and IV catheters became the predominant technology.

More on this topic is available at OSHA Healthcare Advisor along with a downloadable safety needles and sharps checklist.

 

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