testing, precautionary treatments and lost work
hours that go along with that exposure. To make
matters worse, she says, an infection could lead
to costs of more than $30,000.
“The cost of one sharps injury alone can be
persuasive enough to use safer sharps practices,” says Taylor.
Staff at medical facilities cannot afford to
underestimate the risks and consequences of
sharps injuries. The misguided attitudes and
actions of some surgeons, nurses, and other
hospital personnel as they relate to this critical
patient and staff safety issue cannot be overlooked or accepted. Guidelines, whether they
are broad or stringent, need to be enforced.
There has to be some flexibility within the
departments and within the surgical team to
develop a policy that either works best for certain surgical specialties or for that department,”
“But unless there’s a law, rule, fine, or something else behind it, the ball usually doesn’t
get rolling,” she continues. “I hate to say it,
but you almost have to push people to make a
change. Someone has to give them a reason to
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* Jagger J, Berguer R, Phillips EK, Parker G, Gomaa AE. Increase in sharps injuries in surgical settings versus nonsurgical settings after passage of national needlestick legislation. J Am Coll Surg. 2010;210( 4):496-502.
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