Sharps Safety Tool Kit
Percutaneous sharps injuries in the operating room continue to happen with the largest portion of solid sharps injuries occurring during handling of suture needles. Most injuries occur using the sharp devices (70%), after using the devices, and during disposal of the sharp device. Learn the current, evidence-based practices and prevention techniques to decrease and eliminate sharps injuries during surgery. This toolkit will assist the perioperative educator, manager, registered nurses, and other interested health care professionals identify strategies to prevent and reduce the incidence of sharps injuries to meet the needs of an individual perioperative work setting.
Summary Report for Blood and Body Fluid Exposure Data Collected from Participating Healthcare Facilities (June 1995 through December 2007) (PDF). The National Surveillance System for Healthcare Workers (NaSH). Retrieved January 21, 2014
Identify the risks of bloodborne pathogen exposures.
Discuss the current status of multidisciplinary OR sharps safety initiatives.
Discuss the components of a sharps safety program in the OR.
Describe strategies to implement evidence based practices for sharps safety in the perioperative setting.
You may earn 4.3 contact hours before March 20, 2016, by completing the online evaluation. The slide deck and all materials provided must be reviewed in order to obtain contact hours for this activity.
Begin with the webinars:
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