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Unformatted text preview: nnounced. Walk through all units and speak with supervisors and frontline health 23 care workers. Include all departments that use sharp devices, like the lab and radiology
departments. You can use the following components to create a checklist to help you
• What kinds of sharps are available on the unit?
What procedures require needles and sharps?
What patient characteristics are present in these procedures`?
Where is the procedure done?
Who does the procedure?
Are there alternative methods to perform the procedure that can eliminate the
sharp? For example, is there an oral instead of an injectable administration or
needleless IV connectors?
Are safer devices for all categories of sharps available on the unit? Are they
used? Why or why not?
Are there legitimate uses of conventional devices, and, are there procedures that
cannot use safer devices?
Are unsafe devices still on the unit? If so, why and how can the use and access to
these devices be monitored and contro...
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- Summer '11