Protect Yourself, Your Co-Workers, and Your Patients Who

Protect Yourself, Your Co-Workers, and Your Patients Who

Protect Yourself,
Your Co-Workers,
and Your Patients

Who is at risk?
Health care workers who
may be exposed to sharps
objects (and the
percentage of all exposures
by occupation) include:

Use sharps with safety
features whenever possible.
Wash your hands for 15
seconds before and after each
patients care.

Nurses (44%)
Residents (10%)

Wear gloves whenever blood
or body fluids are present.

Physicians (9%)
Housekeeping (5%)

Wear gowns and face/eye
protection whenever blood
exposure is possible.

Students (2%)

Devices Associated with
Injury
Syringe, Prefilled
Disposable Syringe
30%

Cartridge
3%
IV Catheter
3%
Reusable Scalpel
4%
Disposable Scalpel
4%
Other Needle
4%
Winged-steel
Needle

Suture Needle
24%

6%
Other Sharp Item
22%

Figure 1: Devices associated with percutaneous injuries in EPINet hospitals,
by % total percutaneous injuries (n= 951), 2007 (Source: EPINet [2009]).

Dispose of sharps in proper
[facility name,
sharps disposal containers.

department title of
graph]
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graphs included in the data
display posters you created for
your facilitys safety blitz. For
example, the OR vs. facility
employee comparison poster
template will provide useful data
here. Be sure to alter the text
above to reflect an accurate title
for the data displayed here, and
delete this text box.

Sharps injuries can lead to serious or fatal infections.
All health care workers who are at risk should take
steps to protect themselves from this significant health
hazard.

Insert facility logo
here

For more information contact [insert name]: ext.

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