Sharps Injury Prevention: Needlesticks, Scalpels, And Glass
Premier has a long-standing commitment to worker safety, including prevention of occupational needlestick injuries. Premier’s work in needlestick injury prevention began with the launch of the Premier Safety Institute in 1999. For nearly two decades, the Premier Safety Institute® has provided information and resources to assist healthcare organizations in protecting workers from bloodborne pathogen exposure through percutaneous sharps injuries. The following documents describe Premier’s history of support for sharps safety and needlestick prevention.
Introduction to sharps injury prevention resources
Overview of website: Each link in the right navigation bar guides you to essential documents such as the CDC’s sharps injury prevention workbook. The OSHA program addresses not only the bloodborne standard requirements but also supplemental implementation materials. Key agencies such as CDC, NIOSH and FDA provide major links to bloodborne pathogen information, guidelines, prevention and treatment, while Resources and tools complements OSHA’s program with other materials for program implementation and training. The association between worker and patient safety is well established, and Safe injection practices serve to protect everyone involved with the use of sharps.
Premier’s Safety Institute provides unique resources such as Premier’s “Needlestick Prevention Educational Brochure” that is intended for use in all healthcare delivery settings. Premier’s research on device field evaluations remains useful today for identifying important features when evaluating devices. Premier’s contract portfolio includes a robust selection of safety devices available for member-only access in the Supply Chain Advisor catalog.
Risks of occupational bloodborne infection
Following a needlestick or other percutaneous injury from a sharp object (e.g., lancet, scalpel, broken glass), the risk of developing an infection will depend on the infectious status of the patient, the immune status of the worker, the severity of the needlestick injury, and the availability and use of appropriate post-exposure prophylaxis. CDC provides current information regarding post exposure prophylaxis and also links to the National Clinician’s Consultation Center’s Hotline providing rapid response to injuries.
Comprehensive information on occupational injury statistics, transmission risk, and disease outcomes for HIV, HBV, and HCV can be found in detail within the “CDC Workbook for designing, implementing, and evaluating a sharps injury prevention program.” More information about the workbook including educational slides, video, posters, and a 2-page CDC worker training pamphlet addressing these issues are also available. For additional information about CDC resources see Key Agencies.
OSHA regulatory requirements
Sharps safety devices from Premier
Many safety devices designed to prevent sharps injuries — including syringes, phlebotomy devices, lancets, vascular access devices, suture needles, and sharps disposal containers — are available through Premier’s contracts with a wide variety of contracted suppliers. Additional information may be obtained at the website from Premier’s electronic catalog, available to Premier members with a password.
OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogen Standard requires employers to solicit input from non-managerial, frontline workers responsible for direct patient care on the identification, evaluation and selection of effective engineering controls/devices to prevent sharps-related injuries, whether or not they are covered by a group purchasing contract.