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Safe in Common's "The Unfinished Agenda: Addressing the Challenges" Crystalizes Call for Unified Protection Against Needlestick and Sharps Injuries
Date:2/20/2013

NEW YORK, Feb. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 1,150 global healthcare leaders and personnel registered for Safe in Common's online conference, "The Unfinished Agenda: Addressing the Challenges," as an on-going indication of the healthcare industry demand for unification surrounding protection from needlestick and sharps injuries.

As part of the non-profit organization's on-going series of events, Safe in Common convened a panel of experts on February 5th for an interactive discussion on how to minimize the risk of sharps-related injuries within the operating room (OR) and alternate care settings, the development of optimal selection criteria for engineered sharps devices, and the improved use of data to set priorities and improve exposure control plans. The event was a prime opportunity to field a series of topical polls designed to gauge the state of needlestick and sharps injury prevention. Among the findings was confirmation of industry estimates that less than one-quarter of operating rooms are standardized on blunt suture needles and that surgeons dominate the device buying decision.

When asked through an online poll during the event, more than 37 percent of attendees said "the greatest influence for selection of engineering controls for use in the OR" was "surgeons," followed by "collaborative process with all at-risk personnel represented" (33.6 percent), "purchasing/administration" (15.7 percent), "nursing" (9.7 percent) and "anesthesia" (4.1 percent). 

In reviewing the poll results, Dr. Mary Foley , Chairperson of Safe in Common, said: "The results of these events shows us that we are unifying and that awareness surrounding the need for needlestick- and sharps-related injury prevention is spreading rapidly throughout the healthcare industry, but adoption of safety-engineered devices is slow, and too many of us cont
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