The Unfinished Agenda III: May 29, 2013
When it comes to needlestick and sharps safety, we've come a long way over the years. But we know that the healthcare community must continue to work together to protect millions of nurses, doctors and other personnel who are still vulnerable to these dangerous workplace injuries.
On May 29, 2013, we’ll be hosting our third online conference to continue raising awareness about the need for better sharps injury prevention strategies. We will also discuss the selection criteria for best-in-class devices, aligned to the procedural-based safety needs of the caregiver.
Last November's "The Unfinished Agenda" online conference was such a successful first event that we wanted to continue the momentum of the conversation. Click here to access our first groundbreaking event that explores needlestick safety from its roots in the HIV/AIDS crisis to where we stand today. On February 5th we hosted the second event "The Unfinished Agenda: Addressing the challenges" as a conversation focused on safety in the operating room. Click here to view the event, which features thought leaders exploring the topics that relate to keeping our work environment as safe as possible.
We appreciate your participation in our online events and the discussions about needlestick and sharps safety that these events foster. The conferences continue to become an outlet for healthcare personnel resources, questions and insightful background about the history of efforts to reduce injuries, the state of our current sharps safety and what we still need to accomplish in the future.
If you would like to be considered as a participant in the upcoming conference, please send a presentation outline to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome to the April 2013 edition of SAFETYscribe, an update on Safe in Common's work to eliminate needlestick- and sharps-related injuries. Inside, you will find news about the movement of healthcare personnel and industry leaders who are committed to eradicating sharps injuries and learning about the safest equipment. You'll also find your own stories and hopefully answers to some of your questions about how to implement best practices to create a culture of safety.
Safety in Numbers
Each month we take a look at the numbers that define our lives. This month, we're examining the findings in the newly released "Through the Eyes of the Workforce" study, published by the Lucian Leape Institute at the National Patient Safety Foundation. This 39-page report calls for action on workplace safety based on numbers, such as:
- At one East coast medical center, 62 staff members suffered exposure to blood-borne pathogens in a two-month period; in 90 percent of the cases, personal protective equipment was not used
- 13 percent of the nurses reported unprotected contact with blood-borne pathogens
- 75.9 percent of nurses surveyed by the American Nurses Association indicated that unsafe working conditions interfere with the delivery of quality care
- The prevalence of physical harm experienced by the health care workforce is 30 times higher than in other industries
As part of this report, the Institute quoted a survey across the health care disciplines conducted by the American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety at the National Patient Safety Foundation. Some of the findings include:
- 99 percent of the respondents agreed that there is a link between workforce safety and patient safety
- Only 16.5 percent reported that workforce safety was a focus in their organization's quality and safety initiatives
This look at the balance of patient and workforce safety resonates with Safe in Common supporters. As you review the numbers, consider the final conclusions of the report:
"The health care workforce is at risk. As long as conditions persist that compromise the physical and psychological health of the workforce, progress in patient safety is also at risk, and the pace of progress will continue to be slow. We believe the principles for advancing patient safety apply to workforce safety and require the same."