Sharps injury prevention and biomedical waste program at an urban 60-bed charity hospital in India

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Intravenous literature: Gramling, J.J. and Nachreiner, N. (2013) Implementing a Sharps Injury Reduction Program at a Charity Hospital in India. Workplace Health & Safety. 23rd July. [Epub ahead of print].

Abstract:

Health care workers in India are at high risk of developing bloodborne infections from needlestick injuries. Indian hospitals often do not have the resources to invest in safety devices and protective equipment to decrease this risk. In collaboration with hospital staff, the primary author implemented a sharps injury prevention and biomedical waste program at an urban 60-bed charity hospital in northern India. The program aligned with hospital organizational objectives and was designed to be low-cost and sustainable. Occupational health nurses working in international settings or with international workers should be aware of employee and employer knowledge and commitment to occupational health and safety

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