EXPOSURE SAFETY: Tips on implementing safety devices

August 2004 
Volume 34  Number 8
Pages 73 - 73
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© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Volume 34(8)             August 2004             p 73 Tips on implementing safety devices [EXPOSURE SAFETY]


THE NATIONAL Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Web site, www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/bbp/safer , offers five steps for implementing safety-engineered sharps, along with tips from health care facilities that have followed them. Here are the steps with some useful tips:

1. Form a sharps injury prevention team .

* Enlist hospital administrators and medical and nursing staff as leaders to sustain team members' interest and participation. Consider forming a separate team for the OR, which has unique needs and procedures.

* Encourage team members to attend every meeting; if they can't, e-mail messages can fill in the gaps.

2. Identify conversion priorities .

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