Sharps Safety Program: Risks, Legal Concerns, Prevention & Management of Sharps Injuries
|Date||:||20th June 2019|
|Time||:||10:00 AM PST | 01:00 PM EST|
Occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens from needlesticks and other sharps injuries is a serious problem, but it is often preventable. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that each year 385,000 needle sticks and other sharps-related injuries are sustained by hospital-based healthcare personnel. Similar injuries occur in other healthcare settings, such as nursing homes, clinics, emergency care services, and private homes. Sharps injuries are primarily associated with occupational transmission of hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), but they may be implicated in the transmission of more than 20 other pathogens.
Why Should You Attend:
This boot camp will teach you the risks with sharps injuries and how to prevent and manage sharps injuries.
This sharps presentation provides the perioperative educator, manager, and staff RN with a complete presentation to educate healthcare team members on the importance of sharps safety in the healthcare setting. This presentation emphasizes the techniques to prevent sharps injury in the healthcare setting and can also be modified to meet the needs of the individual work setting.
The objectives of this webinar are as follows:
- Identify the risks of bloodborne pathogen exposure.
- Discuss the Legal issues associated with this
- Discuss the current status of multidisciplinary sharps safety initiatives.
- Discuss the components of a sharps safety program.
- Describe barriers to change
- Assist you in defining & Implementing your own sharps safety program
Areas Covered in the Session:
- Assessment your facility’s sharps injury prevention program •
- Facts, Legal Concerns & Care
- Development and implementation of your planning and prevention activities •
- Implementation of your prevention interventions
-Safer Sharps Devices
-Safe Work Practices
-Needle sticks & Disposal of Needles
- Implementation of your post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) management interventions
- Reporting sharps injuries
- Healthcare Personnel Safety Reporting Plan
- Evaluation of the impact of your prevention interventions
Who Will Benefit:
- Emergency Care Providers
- Laboratory Personnel
- Autopsy Personnel
- Hospital Employees
- Interns and Medical Students
- Nursing Staff
- Labor and Delivery Room Personnel
- Laboratory Technicians
- Health Facility Sanitary Staff
- Clinical Waste Handlers
- Healthcare Professionals
- Pharma, Biotech, Medical Device Personnel dealing with patients
- Regulatory personnel e.g. FDA, HHS, OSHA etc
Amber Hogan Mitchell, DrPH, MPH, CPH is the International Safety Center’s President and Executive Director. The Center distributes the Exposure Prevention Information Network (EPINet®) to hospitals to measure occupational exposures to sharps injuries and other blood and body fluid exposures. Dr. Mitchell's career has been focused on public health and occupational safety and health related to preventing infectious disease. She has worked in the uniformed services, public, private, and academic sectors. She is the 2019 Chair of the Occupational Health and Safety Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA).
Dr. Mitchell began her career as the first OSHA National Bloodborne Pathogens Coordinator and has received several Secretary of Labor Excellence awards for her work on bioterrorism and public preparedness. She holds a Doctor of Public Health degree from the University of Texas School of Public Health and a Master’s in Public Health from George Washington University. She is Certified in Public Health as a member of the very first CPH cohort offered by the National Board of Public Health Examiners. She is extensively published and has presented around the world.