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Sharps Injury Prevention: Needlesticks, Scalpels, And Glass​

Premier’s commitment

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.

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 opens in a new tab. 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.

Sharps injury prevention resources

CDC

NIOSH

OSHA

Premier healthcare alliance

  • Sharps safety devices – 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 opens in a new tab (member login required) with a wide variety of contracted suppliers.