Unformatted text preview: cCormick, 1999).
With the rapid development of technology and engineering controls, prevention is
becoming easier and easier. By using safer devices, your institution will not only protect
workers, but will also save money. Safer needle devices can cost from cents to dollars
more than standard devices, but prices continue to decrease with increased market
competition and technology.
Prevention is cost-effective. The cost of follow-up for an exposure is almost $3,000 per
needlestick injury, even when no infection occurs (Jagger, Bentley, & Juillet, 1998).
According to the American Hospital Association (AHA), one case of serious infection by
bloodborne pathogens can soon add up to $1 million or more in expenditures for testing,
follow-up, lost time, and disability payments (Pugliese & Salahuddin, 1999). A liver
transplant due to Hepatitis C costs hundreds of thousands of dollars. Other costs from
needlestick and sharps injury include workers’ compensation, overtime, and expenses
related to recruitment and training of staff to replace a worker who becomes ill. While
there are no financial calculations to cite here, there should be a cost applie...
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