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Unformatted text preview: d to the replacement of nurses and other health care workers who chose to leave the care environment due to concerns about needlesticks. And what is the cost of those workers we never recruit into health care, because of those fears? Hierarchy of Controls You can work with your health care facility to reduce preventable exposures by identifying, as a starting point, the highest risk procedures and devices and implementing the most effective control measures. Standard occupational health principles to control hazards are usually discussed in terms of the hierarchy of controls (American Nurses Association [ANA], 2001). The list, below, demonstrates how to apply the hierarchy of controls framework to bloodborne pathogen hazards. In addition to eliminating sharps, using safer needle devices is one of the best ways to prevent injuries. 9 Hierarchy of Controls (from most effective to least effective) Most Effective • Elimination of Hazard – substitute injections by administering medications through anot...
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