About 35.7 million healthcare workers face sustaining a needlestick injury worldwide and an estimated 384,000 percutaneous injuries occur annually in United States hospitals alone” Katsevman et al (2016).
About 35.7 million healthcare workers face sustaining a needlestick injury worldwide and an estimated 384,000 percutaneous injuries occur annually in United States hospitals alone.1,2 Although needlestick injuries continue to pose a major occupational hazard for healthcare workers, underreporting and a “culture of silence” persist.3 Few papers suggest solutions. We propose a novel solution that will help deter high-risk (i.e., history of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), bloodborne hepatitis virus, or intravenous (IV) drug abuse) needlesticks in the operating room (OR) and the wards.
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Katsevman, G.A., Braca III, J.A., Sedney, C.L. and Hatchett, L. (2016) Needlestick Injuries Among Healthcare Professionals in Training: Utilizing the Surgical “Time-out” and Hand-off Protocols to Deter High-Risk Needlesticks. The Journal of Hospital Infection.
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