Physician Practice

Sharps safety never stops

Medical Environment Update, December 5, 2020

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by Brian Ward

The 32nd World AIDS Day will be held on December 1 this year. Internationally recognized, the day is meant to raise awareness, support, and money for the estimated 38 million people with HIV/AIDS worldwide.

While the world is focused on the COVID-19 pandemic at the moment, other diseases like HIV/AIDS are still with us. In the U.S. alone, there were approximately 36,400 new HIV infections in 2018.

For that reason, laboratory workers and clinicians must remain vigilant in regard to needlesticks, sharps safety, and bloodborne infection prevention, says Dan Scungio, MT(ASCP), SLS, laboratory safety officer for multihospital system Sentara Healthcare in Virginia.

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