As surgical teams look to improve the operating environment for both the
patients and the caregiver, sharps
safety remains a focal point. Linda
Groah, RN, MSN, CNOR, CNAA,
FAAN and CEO/Executive
Director of the Association for
periOperative Registered Nurses
(AORN) offers the following
“The focus should be on preven-
tion of the injury to healthcare workers. There are estimated to
be more than 380,000 sharps injuries that occur each year to
healthcare workers and some of these lead to the transmission
of blood borne illnesses from patient to healthcare workers and,
in some cases, from the healthcare worker to the patient.
“AORN conducted a survey to better understand obstacles
and needed resources to improve adherence to sharps safety
practices. From more than 1,000 survey respondents from
hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers, the top barriers to
implementing sustained sharps safety practices were access
to conventional products designed to prevent sharps injuries,
and a lack of multidisciplinary support for consistently using
these items and following sharps safety protocol.
“Hospitals and surgery centers should make sharps injury reduction techniques and products available for all healthcare workers
and implement a system to sustain a sharps safety program. “
Suppliers have also responded to the call for greater product
solutions with the following offerings.
Symmetry Medical through its subsidiary Symmetry
Surgical, offers the Symmetry Sharp Kerrison. The
single use Kerrison tips feature a thin footplate and
twelve possible configurations with three reusable
handle sizes and four single use, 2” tip sizes, which
enable healthcare professionals to customize their
optimal Symmetry Sharp Kerrison for each case.
Sharps Safety Continues to be a Sticking Point
A look at the latest thought leadership and new products focused on sharps safety.
Advanced Medical Innovations offers their Neutray
Sharps Passing Tray for hands-free transfer of
sharps during a surgical procedure. It has been
specifically designed to handle many of the different styles of sharps used in today’s operating room
with a pick-up area that protects the practitioner’s
hands from sharps or contaminated instruments. It
can handle virtually all sharps in surgery, including
scalpels, blades, needle/needle holders, syringes,
Iris Scissors, K-wires and others. Two trays can
be interconnected as an option for a one-handed
needle exchange system.