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Manager's Guide to Staff & Patient Safety - October 2016

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1 8 S U P P L E M E N T T O O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O C T O B E R 2 0 1 6 H ow many healthcare workers will be stuck by needles or sliced by some other sharp object today? How many will be exposed to bloodborne pathogens, or at least suffer a nasty gash? The CDC has estimated that it happens about 385,000 times a year. That's more than a thousand cuts, punctures and abrasions a day — or nearly one every minute. In other words, there's a good chance someone, somewhere got stuck in the time it took you to read this para- graph. We must — and can — do more to reduce the number of these potential- ly life-altering events. Here's how you can be part of the solution. 1. Shop the solutions It's critical that you involve staff members in the evaluation and selection of new safety devices. In addition to being required by the OSHA Bloodborne The Finer Points Of Sharps Safety • PASS FAIL? After a significant decline, the rate of sharps injuries has plateaued in the last several years. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN Focus on these 4 areas to reduce risks of cuts and sticks. Angela Laramie, MPH | Boston, Mass.

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