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Unformatted text preview: te the efficacy of newly implemented safe devices. Share and compare information and successes with other institutions. Needlestick and/or Safety Committees should regularly review the sharps injury log. (See section on Needlestick Committees). By learning which types of devices are involved in injuries, it is possible to determine which devices are not safe and must be replaced. While reviewing the log, certain departments or units may seem to have a high number of injuries. Armed with that information, interventions can be made within that unit to determine why they are sustaining so many injuries. Did nurses on that unit receive training on the use of safe devices? Is there a lack of safer devices available on that unit? Recognize that short staffing and other work organization issues might contribute to needlestick injuries. Adequate staffing might help prevent needlestick injuries (Aiken, Sloane, & Klocinski, 1997). Information from the log will help to identify specific interventions, such as increased training, stocking additional safer devices, and increased staffin...
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