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Sharps Injury Prevention Program: A Step-by-Step Guide
Published by the American Hospital Association (AHA), AHA Catalog No. 196311. This publication includes appendices on safe needle devices and manufacturers.
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American Nurses Association
This site, sponsored by the American Nurses Association (ANA), contains information about needlestick injuries, current legislation, and articles about safe needles. The ANA's online "Needlestick Prevention Guide" is a nicely done guide that helps practitioners understand the issues and advocate for themselves and their colleagues.
California List of Needleless Systems and Needles With Engineered Sharps Injury Protection
This database of product information has been compiled by the state of California
CDC Workbook for Designing, Implementing, and Evaluating a Sharps Injury Prevention Program
Online guide for an effective sharps injury program.
Coalition for Safe Community Needle Disposal
The Coalition for Safe Community Needle Disposal is a collaboration of businesses, community groups, non-profit organizations and government that promotes public awareness and solutions for safe disposal of needles, syringes, and other sharps in the community.
(800) 643-1643
EPA Brochure: Community Options for Safe Needle Disposal
Describes how to safely dispose of needles in the community.
EPA: Protect Yourself, Protect Others: Safe Options for Home Needle Disposal
This brochure, published by the EPA, provides an overview of needle safety in the home and community. A table of disposal options and links to other resources is included.
This website is sponsored by the International Health Care Worker Safety Center at the University of Virginia. It contains information about epidemiologic studies of needlestick injuries and prevention of occupational transmission of bloodborne pathogens. It also contains information about safety devices and companies that distribute safe needle devices.
Guidelines for the Management of Occupational Exposures to HIV and Recommendations for Postexposure Prophylaxis
U.S. Public Health Service Guidelines, updated September 30, 2005
NAPPSI List of Safety-Engineered Sharp Devices
The National Alliance for the Primary Prevention of Sharps Injuries provides this list of sharp devices.
NIOSH Directory of Contacts for Safe Needle Law Implementation
This NIOSH page provides contact information for individuals who are working on implementation of safe needle legislation in their states.
NIOSH Safer Medical Device Implementaion in Healthy Care Facilities: Sharing Lessons Learned
To assist health care facilities that are working through this process, NIOSH asked a small number of health care facilities to share their experiences on how they implemented safer medical devices in their settings. In this online resource, the facilities describe how each step was accomplished, and also discuss the barriers encountered and how they were resolved, and most importantly, lessons learned.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration
This website is sponsored by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), U.S. Department of Labor. It provides a general overview of the needle stick problem and comments on safer devices and prevention of needlestick injuries.
OSHA Hospital e-tool: Needlesticks and Sharps Injuries
This website includes a description of the different types of sharps safety features, including animation that shows how the safety feature operates
Overview of State Needlestick Legislation
This website provides an overview of needle legislation in various states
PEPline (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis) Hotline
PEPline, the National Clinicians' Post-Exposure Prophylaxis Hotline. This call-in center offers treating clinicians timely and current advice on managing occupational exposures (i.e., needlesticks, splashes, etc.) to HIV, hepatitis and other blood-borne pathogens on a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week basis. The Center is a federally-funded resource that offers confidential expert advice for health care providers caring for persons with HIV/AIDS or managing occupational exposures. Services are free of charge.
Premier Safety Institute
The Premier Safety Institute website provides valuable online resources for healthcare-related information and tools that enhance patient, worker, and environmental safety. From the website you can also subscribe to Premier Safety Share, a free, monthly electronic newsletter. The Premier Safety Institute is part of Premier, Inc., a national alliance of hospitals and healthcare systems representing more than 1,500 facilities.
Training for Development of Innovative Control Technologies
Training for Development of Innovative Control Technologies (TDICT) is a collaborative effort of healthcare workers, product designers, and industrial hygienists dedicated to preventing exposure to blood through better design and evaluation of medical devices and equipment. TDICT has developed criteria for evaluation of medical devices, which are described online.
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