Real Stories

Kevin Mihalik

by Kevin Mihalik

Needlestick safety is more important than many people think. I took the pledge because I know awareness is about taking preventative measures. Sometimes you must remind yourself of the possible consequences of needlestick accidents. A colleague of mine had to be reminded the hard way. While at clinical in the emergency room I had the opportunity to work with a new paramedic. He was very skilled but seemed a bit overconfident. While inserting an IV into a new patient he removed the needle too swiftly, before retracting the safety, and stuck his forearm.

Patricia O'Rourke

by Patricia O'Rourke

At Broward Health, formerly North Broward Hospital District (8000 employees, 5 hospitals, community health, etc.), we have had prevention of contaminated needlesticks as an active performance improvement initiative for over 10 years. We obtain, trial and implement all the safety devices new to market, do education, measure, and publish broadly the number and causes.

Casey Arnold

by Casey Arnold

My name is Casey and I am currently a senior nursing student at the University of Delaware. I am hoping to pursue a career in pediatrics and am working as a nurse tech at a pediatric hospital. My clinical instructor shared the Needlestick Safety Pledge with me and I signed it because, as a nursing student, I understand the importance of a safe environment and needlestick safety.

Gina Mongiello

by Gina Mongiello

I have been a Registered Nurse since 2002, Magna Cum Laude Graduate from FIU, N. Miami Beach. I started my career in Emergency Medicine and specialized in Open Heart Recovery. I have had the pleasure to work in various specialty areas both inpatient and outpatient which has allowed me to appreciate the various challenges in Needlestick Injury Safety as it pertains to various nursing specialty areas from student nurse to expert nurse.

Anne Haig

by Anne Haig

I don't want any needlesticks. Zero is our goal. Two incidents were related to lab sticks, two were also related to insulin syringes and both of them were safety syringes

Sharon Bradley

by Sharon Bradley

Safety syringes are really important because I’ve had a clinician in an emergency room situation who managed to get a used needle up out of the safety device and stick her hand with an HIV-positive patient. She was a pregnant nurse. It was a nightmare. We had OSHA in our building for nine months. I've seen people hurt themselves, come on, you know, you can't be a nurse for 40 years without sticking yourself. Give 100 people their flu shots and eventually you're going to stick your thumb.

Laurie Coddington

by Laurie Coddington

I was getting a patient insulin and, despite being a patient that was on insulin for numerous years, for some reason when a new nurse was coming to give him the insulin shot, it startled him. He jumped back and moved in the bed, I guess I should say. So, the new nurse jumped back, let go of the needle, the needle came out of the arm, came towards me and landed on my shoe, needle down.

Diane D’Angelis

by Diane D’Angelis

We see a fair amount of needlesticks. I have hepatitis C because of a needlestick. I was in a rehabilitation center and at the time they weren't following regulation so the needle box wasn’t at the right height. So, I was in an isolation room and we had this patient for, I'd say, about 30 to 40 days, and she had numerous issues. The needle box was too full but I couldn't tell that because it was up to high. There was a day when I put the needle in the box and it was so full because housekeeping didn't come into isolation to empty boxes.

Cindy O’Leary

by Cindy O’Leary

I think we’re only as good as how well we use the product. I've been stuck twice in my career, both when I was a staff nurse, and neither time was my fault. One time a surgeon passed a scalpel back to me with the blade first, and the second time somebody left an open syringe in a baby isolate when I was cleaning it.

Pushpa Nallabotula

by Pushpa Nallabotula

I don't want to have a needlestick. The syringes that I currently use, you actually have to take them out of the patient's body area and then physically use the other hand to lock it.