Sharps and needle stick injuries are an unnecessary reality that most hospitals face. From needle sticks due to overfilled sharps containers, to sticks from needles left in sheets, to nicks/cuts when passing and using sharps, to recapping injuries, there are sharps and needle stick injury risks all throughout the hospital. Unfortunately, these risks, and the injuries that result from them, have simply become just “a part of the job” at many hospitals – often to the point where staff no longer even report their needle stick/sharp injuries. This drastically increases the risk of disease transmission to healthcare workers, causes staff to have to undergo medical tests and treatments, and creates distractions and extra stress for those who suffered the injury. While many accept this as a ‘cost’ of the job, it does not need to be.
It is critical to develop processes to reduce and eliminate sharps and needle stick injuries. Our proven approach empowers staff to solve problems, and make sharps and needle stick injuries obsolete.
Needle stick statistics and data
Each year 384,000 needle stick injuries and other sharps-related injuries are sustained by hospital-based healthcare personnel. This equates to an average of around 1,000 sharps injuries per day in U.S. hospitals.
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Approximately 1000 needle stick injuries occur per day in the United States, leading to $1 Billion in unnecessary costs for healthcare providers. This amounts to $3,042 per victim. Laboratory fees for testing exposed employees, labor associated with testing and counseling, and the costs of post-exposure follow-ups contribute to the costs.
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What we do and how we help
BSI can help your hospital to better understand sharps injury and needle stick risks by evaluating sharps purchasing, handling, and disposal processes against industry best practices. Once the injury risks are known, BSI provides practical solutions for reducing sharps injuries at your hospital, and helps to convince stakeholders of the value of safe sharps equipment and processes (e.g. physicians, nurses, and purchasing groups). This foundation creates sustainable systems that continually improve sharps injury prevention programs over the long term and embeds safety into your culture.