Sharp Injury & Needlestick Prevention Toolkit

Needle sticks and sharps injuries are among the most common workplace injuries in the healthcare industry. One of the most frightening things about these injuries is that many of them are believed to be unreported. Whether the fear of repercussions from the employer or the mindset that they are “part of the job”, reporting of these injuries is critically important. While the chance of contracting a disease is low, data is needed to determine if there is a correctable policy, procedure, or improved equipment available. This toolkit provides resources to help your organization increase awareness and reduce the risks of needlestick and sharps injuries.

Employee Training and Awareness

Raising awareness of how to avoid injuries from needlesticks and sharps is an important step in prevention. Through employee education and visual reminders, your organization can help all employees both understand and prevent needlestick and sharp injures.

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    Nine Steps to Avoid Needlesticks

    A downloadable pocket card perfect for handling out to employees during new hire orientation or during annual skills fairs. These pocket cards can be kept with the employee, taped in lockers or on clipboards, but they serve as a quick reminder of how to prevent needlestick injury.

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    Emergency Sharps Information Place card

    A downloadable resource that can be posted in departments to remind staff what to do in the event they experience a needlestick or sharps injury. This would be a great resource to include in new hire and annual education for all staff members.

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Patient Education:

Patient education is an important part of ensuring success with the plan of care. Including information on how to handle sharps and needles will help prevent injuries from occurring to patients or others if they are part of the home care plan.

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Sharps and Sharp Injury Management

Awareness and evaluation of the types of sharps within your organization and where these sharps are used can be helpful in implementing injury prevention plans.

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    Sharps Device Inventory

    Information from the Sustainable Hospitals Program at University of Massachusetts Lowell that provides an approach to developing a sharps device inventory within your organization.

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Worksheet to Estimate Cost of Sharp Injuries

A worksheet, developed by the CDC, that can help an employer calculate the average cost of a sharp related injury. This type of worksheet can help build a campaign to obtain leadership commitment of the problem or it can be used as a PI tool.

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Other Online Resources

A collection of general resources including information from the industry leaders who are leading the way in needlestick and sharps injuries.

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    International Safety Center: Sharps Injury

    This resource provides the annual EPINet Sharps Injury and Blood and Body Fluid Data Reports. Current data can be found on Sharps Injuries and Blood and Body Fluid Exposures from 2010 and forward. This information provides detailed statistical information on these injures that may be helpful in your prevention efforts.

    TAGS: Sharps Injury, International Safety Center, Body Fluid Exposures

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    OSHA: Needlestick Prevention

    OSHA provides a Hospital eTool on needlestick and sharps injures. The eTool provides general information on bloodborne pathogens and also breaks out information on needlestick and sharps hazards by department. Department information includes virtual realty training on hazards.

    TAGS: Needlestick prevention, needsticks, OSHA, bloodborne pathogens

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    CDC: Needlestick Prevention

    The CDC offers a useful website that discusses needlestick prevention and what to do after a needlestick occurs.

    TAGS: CDC, Needlestick prevention