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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

inue to face daily harm."

Other practices recommended by a panel of experts from The Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN) include double gloving, the use of a neutral zone for passing, and the use of safety-engineered devices, yet none of these practices were being deployed by a majority of respondents.

Nearly 62 percent of the attendees said they are using sharps injury data in making purchasing decisions for medical devices. In a sign of progress, some 61 percent said that in 2012 they participated in an engineering control evaluation and/or annual exposure control plan review. Dr. Foley said "although 61% of the participants have been involved, we still have a lot of work to do to improve those numbers and grow awareness to 85% or greater – which is all evidence of the need to support the Unfinished Agenda Online Conference series."

An interactive edition of the online conference is available for replay on http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=_RlH5YLb8p8. The event also featured unprecedented participation from a panel of experts:

  • Mary Ogg , MSN, RN, CNOR and Perioperative Nursing Specialist from The Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN)
  • Donna A. Ford , MSN, RN-BC, CNOR, Nursing Education Specialist, Division of Surgical Services, Department of Nursing, and an Assistant Professor of Nursing, College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic; AORN National Clinical Nursing Practice Committee
  • Deborah Spratt MPA, BSN, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, CRCST, CHL, Manager of Sterile Processing at the Canandaigua VAMC in Canandaigua NY; AORN President
  • Angela Laramie , Epidemiologist with the Sharps Injury Surveillance Project in the Occupat
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