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Unformatted text preview: the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act of 2000. It is essential to be aware of the roles and levels of authority of all the related committees. If you face resistance in initiating safer devices, you may need to seek assistance from some of these committees. Whether you are working with an existing committee or forming a separate needlestick prevention committee, make sure frontline health care workers with the greatest potential for injury and with the most experience using needles and sharps are represented on that committee. Because nurses use the majority of the equipment in extremely varied units, 21 and experience the majority of injuries, they must be actively involved in the committee, and must represent the wide variety of the units in which they work. Some states require that 50% of the committee be comprised of frontline health care workers (Perry, 2000). With frontline staff nurses involved, the most appropriate devices are more likely to be selected, and staffs are more likely to accept and us...
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