The AORN Sharps Safety Tool Kit offers ways to reduce and avoid sharps injuries in the OR. Percutaneous sharps injuries in the OR 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 perioperative team members identify strategies to prevent and reduce the incidence of sharps injuries to meet the needs of an individual 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) (PDF). Retrieved March 15, 2016.
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- Poster 6 Sharpless Surgery: Evidence (PDF)
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