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ICU Management

C. diff Infection Risk Linked with Sharps Containers

2015 04 Aug

According to a new study, hospitals using single-use sharps containers had significantly lower rates of Clostridium difficile (C. diff) infection compared to hospitals using reusable containers. The finding is reported in American Journal of Infection Control . “This is the first study to show a link between use of single-use sharps containers and... Read more

Health Management

NEEDLESTICK INJURIES: THE AVOIDABLE TRAGEDY

2014 08 Nov

Unfortunately, needlestick injuries are still among the most common work-related accidents in medical and nursing professions. Experts estimate that each employee cuts or pricks himself at least once every two years. The consequences can be devastating, as in the case of Kurt Wenkenbach* (56), former manager of patient care in a nursing home. While... Read more

Health Management

HOW MUCH DOES EUROPE CARE ABOUT NEEDLESTICK INJURIES?

2014 08 Nov

One of the most common and serious risks to healthcare workers is an infection result­ing from a sharp or needlestick injury. In Europe, approximately 8 million healthcare workers are at risk of these injuries. Even though data on the frequency of needle­stick injuries differ greatly between dif­ferent hospitals, as well as between dif­ferent units... Read more

Health Management

NEEDLESTICK INJURY PREVENTION IN THE DIABETES SETTING

2014 08 Nov

Author Dr Kenneth Strauss Endocrinologist and Director of Safety in Medicine, European Medical Association Global Medical Director, Becton Dickinson (BD) In the world of diabetes care, most current discussion centres on effective self-administration, accurate insulin dosage, and the avoidance of short-term lipohy­pertrophy and longer-term... Read more

Health Management

SHARPS INJURY RISKS IN NURSING HOMES

2014 08 Nov

Background The everyday activities of workers in nursing homes put them at risk of serious infections with more than 30 potentially dangerous pathogens, including Hepatitis B (HBV), hep­atitis C (HCV) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), through injuries with contami­nated needles and lancets. More than one million needle stick injuries (NSI)... Read more

Executive Health Management

'Sharps' Injuries Have Major Health and Cost Impact for Surgeons

2013 03 Apr

Injuries caused by needles and other sharp instruments are a major occupational hazard for surgeons—with high costs related to the risk of contracting serious infectious diseases, according to a special article in the April issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).... Read more