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Unformatted text preview: ng and disposing of sharps devices before beginning a procedure. • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – barriers and filters between the worker and the hazard. Examples include eye goggles, face shields, gloves, masks, and gowns. Least Effective Safer Devices There is solid evidence that devices with safety features significantly reduce needlestick injuries (NIOSH, 1999): • • • • Needleless or protected-needle IV systems decreased needlestick injuries related to IV connectors between 62-88%. Phlebotomy injuries were reduced by 76% with a self-blunting needle, 66% with a hinged needle shield, and 23% with a sliding-shield, winged-steel (butterfly-type) needle. Phlebotomy injuries were reduced by 82% with a needle shield, but a recapping device had minimal impact. Safer IV catheters that encase the needle after use reduced needlestick injuries related to IV insertion by 83% in three hospitals. 10 Excitement has spread among advocates for safer needle design as they read the results of the 2001 data as reported by Dr. J...
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