July 23, 2018

Sharps inflicting increased wounds in the OR

Injuries from needlesticks—whether from disposable syringes, IV catheters, or blood collection devices—accounted for more than 30% of all sharps injuries in 2016, especially among nurses. Injuries from skin injections alone accounted for 25.7% of all sharps injuries that year. And, for the first time, injuries occurring from suturing during procedures (25.8%) surpassed those from skin injection needlestick injuries, according to the Exposure Prevention Information Network surveillance system (EPINet®).

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