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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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