This is not true and there are steps that can be

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career. This is not true and there are steps that can be taken to avoid needle sticks which include safety and education. The ANA states one of the first steps is to form a needle stick prevention committee. The ANA states, "for the committee to be effective it must have power-the decision-makers in your institution should be represented. In some cases, it might be easier to work with an existing health and safety committee or infection control committee that already has the decision-making authority in this arena" (ANA, 2008). The committees roles should include the prevention of needle sticks at the organization and making sure state and federal regulations are being met. The committee should also search for the best products that will aid in needle stick prevention, which should include trials of new and different products. Once the committee decides which product and/or supplies to move forward with, correlating with the purchasing department is the next step for implementation. Once the new product is implemented, the staff need to be educated and continued evaluation of the product is a must. Shellie
Reference - Environment/SafeNeedles/NeedlestickPrevention.pdf Respond (an instructor response) Collapse Mark as Read RE: Introductory Post Instructor Card Email this Author 6/12/2015 4:07:32 PM Good discussion of the importance of needlestick safety Shellie - you have described important things for a facility to address in providing safety with the use of needles. Respond Collapse Mark as Read workplace safety Christine Gill Email this Author 6/7/2015 1:47:47 PM One of the five core competencies for nursing is safety (lesson 6). When we think of workplace safety, many of us think of needle sticks or falls, but sleep deprivation has made its way to the list of workplace safety. Those of us who have worked midnight's, can definitely relate to sleep being a health hazard, but going to school has caused many of us to lose out of good healthy sleep. Healthy sleep is at least 7 hours of continuous restorative rest daily. This restorative sleep is essential for all human health and just as critical for nurses. Lack of sleep causes emotional upheaval, but also has an impact on or physical health such as obesity, diabetes and hypertension (Healthy Sleep). I work in an environment that I do not have hands on care with patients and I am sure my patients are thankful that I am on the phone and not leaning over them asleep. I talk with patients all day and have found myself losing interest in what they are saying or actually finding myself drifting off. At times, I am on the phone and cannot even comprehend what the patient is saying, let along try to come up with an intelligent statement. Luckily, I have learned to recognize this and try to gracefully hang up suggesting I have a meeting and will call the patient back.

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