The first documented mention of a needlestick injury (NSI) in the medical literature appeared in 1906. Despite growth in academic and clinical interest for NSI prevention, a global report identified that approximately 3 million healthcare workers have suffered percutaneous exposure to blood-borne pathogens. Legislation is an important component of NSI prevention. Unfortunately, the impact of legislation may not always reduce the incidence of NSI as much as expected. Safety-engineered device (SED) implementation has demonstrated a substantial reduction in NSI rates compared with non-SEDs. More importantly, passive SEDs are 10 times less likely to be connected with an NSI incident.
Jackson AP, Almerol LA, Campbell J, Hamilton L. Needlestick injuries: the role of safety-engineered devices in prevention. Br J Nurs. 2020;29(14):S22-S30. doi:10.12968/bjon.2020.29.14.S22