Archive December 2012 XIII, No. 12

Thinking of Buying … Safety Sharps

A system for selecting safety devices that your surgeons will use.

Beverly Kirchner, RN, BSN, CNOR, CASC

sharps safety EVERYONE'S RESPONSIBILITY Keep sharps safety an active issue at your facility.

When the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced plans last year to survey ambulatory surgical centers for their compliance with the federal Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act, I decided that the centers I led should be proactive instead of reactive. This meant gaining — and acting upon — a clear understanding of what OSHA required, instead of waiting for the possibility of a surveyor at the door and then correcting the shortcomings she discovered.

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