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Did Skin Prep Fuel This Fire? - February 2017 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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Inside Our Sharps Safety Success We slashed percutaneous injuries in our ORs by more than one-third. T wo years ago, OR team members across our health system were stuck or cut 276 times, which was 276 more times more than we'd have liked. We implemented a safety program that reduced sharps injuries by 37%. Here's how we pulled it off. Sharing of stats Surgeons, nurses and techs are typically guilty of focusing more on patient safety than on their own well-being and often take sharps safety for granted. Sticks and cuts? Can't happen to me. But it can and does at alarming rates around the country. To get your staff and surgeons to change their sharps handling practices, you first have to convince them of the very real dangers that sharps present. Try sharing these com- pelling numbers: 30% of the estimated 380,000 sharps injuries and needlesticks that occur in health care happen in the OR; and sutures (43%), scalpels (17%), and syringes (12%) account for most sharps-relat- 1 1 8 • O U T PA T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E • F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 7 Safety Mary Pat Gilligan, DNP, CNOR, NEA-BC • NEUTRAL ZONE You create a hands-free neutral zone that minimizes injuries when the OR team places and retrieves sharp instruments on a brightly colored instrument tray. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN

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