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Getting to the Point of Sharps Safety
Know the facts and protect your staff.
Mary Owen
Publish Date: September 19, 2014   |  Tags:   Staff Safety
hands-free transfers of sharp instruments IN THE ZONE A basin, tray or designated area can facilitate hands-free transfers of sharp instruments.

Sharps injuries aren't an unavoidable rite of passage for surgical personnel anymore. They're a potentially life-changing, career-threatening hazard, and they're entirely preventable. The following quiz can help your facility create a culture of sharps safety.

The nation's surgical facilities see more than 1,000 sharps injuries a day.

a. trueb. false

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Safety authorities are more likely to examine your equipment cables than your sharps handling practices.

a. trueb. false

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When must a facility review and revise the exposure control plan required by the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard?

a. quarterly
b. annually
c. after the introduction of new safety-engineered products
d. while preparing for surveyors' inspections

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The Needlestick Safety Act prohibits the use of surgical instruments for which safety-engineered alternatives are available.

a. trueb. false

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disposing of sharps BOXED AND READY Take as much care disposing of sharps as you do handling them.

Which type of sharp causes the most injuries?

a. scalpel bladec. disposable syringe
b. suture needled. IV catheter stylet

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Double-gloving is an effective sharps safety prevention practice.

a. trueb. false

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