Educate yourself about needlestick safety
You have to know the risks of needlestick injuries before you can prevent them. The keys to prevention are ongoing training, and products engineered for safety with OSHA approved controls. Choosing the right device could reduce your injury incidence by up to 75%¹
Needlestick Injuries Are:
injuries to healthcare personnel according to the C.D.C.¹
more needle sticks since 2001 (1.9 -2.5 per 100 FTEs)³
pathogens link to incidents on the job including HIV, HBV and HCV.³
mean expense to manage a needle stick event⁵
estimated cost of preventable care for healthcare workers in 2015 ⁵⁻⁷†
reduction in event where safety engineered devices such as SAFECAP were introduced⁸
reduction in event where safety engineered devices such as SafeCAP were introduced with supplemental training and maintenance programs.⁸
View Our Sources
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2. Centers for Disease Control. Workbook for Designing, Implementing and Evaluating a Sharps Injury Prevention Program. https://www.cdc.gov/sharpssafety/pdf/sharpsworkbook_2008.pdf. Published 2008. Accessed October 13, 2020.
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* Adjusted to 2019 dollars based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Medical Care Consumer Price Index data.
† Based on 300,000 NSIs in 2015, 75% preventable injuries6, and average treatment cost of $20554*