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Battle Post-op Pain Without Opioids - April 2016 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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6 2 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • A P R I L 2 0 1 6 E ven after you've cleared the first couple of high hurdles standing between you and your surgeons successfully using safety sharps — getting your surgeons to agree to trial them and then to actually use them — there's one obstacle waiting to trip you up before you reach the fin- ish line. Your docs must activate the safety feature when they use the safety sharp. Seems obvious, but the Exposure Prevention Information Network's (EPINet) "Needlestick and Sharp Object Injury Report" found that more than 60% of sharps injuries occur when the user didn't activate the safety feature. "If activation of the safety feature isn't intuitive, nurses won't acti- vate it or may suffer injury during activation," says Amber Hogan Mitchell, DrPH, MPH, CPH, president and executive director of the Puncture-Resistant ORs Protect your surgeons and staff from sharps injuries with safety-engineered devices. Dan O'Connor | Editor-in-Chief • NATURAL MOTION If activation of the safety mechanism isn't intuitive, don't expect your surgeons and staff to use the device. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN

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