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A survey on the use of BD Vacutainer® Eclipse™ Bloodcollection needles in UK hospitals.

This study investigates the impact of using BD Vacutainer® Eclipse™ Blood CollectionNeedles (BD Eclipse) and Needle Holders on the rates of accidental needlestick injuries(NSIs), and the consequent reduction in costs arising from such injuries in UK hospitals.

Reference available from BD on request:
Frost & Sullivan. Safety & economy: a survey on the use of BD Vacutainer® Eclipse™ blood collectionneedles in UK hospitals.

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Accidents d'exposition au sang

En France, l’identification, depuis l’avènement du sida, des accidents d’exposition au sang (AES) comme un risqué mesurable et évitable concernant les professionnels de soins a conduit les autorités sanitaires et les établissements de soins à mettre en oeuvre une stratégie de prévention.

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Louis N et al. Bulletin Épidémiologique Hebdomadaire 2002;51:260–261.

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Are your "Sharps" policies and procedures up to scratch?

By 11 May 2013 the UK must have in place national legislation to implement the Directive. This means that all employers in the healthcare sector, both public and private alike, will be forced to put the provisions of the Framework Agreement into practice at this time.

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Are your “Sharps” policies and procedures up to scratch? Available at: http://www.bevanbrittan.com/articles/Pages/Sharpspoliciesandprocedures.aspx (accessed April 2011).

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Costs associated with sharps injuries in the Swedish health care setting and potential cost savings from needlestick prevention devices with needle and syringe.

The number and costs associated with reported sharps injuries in Swedish hospitals and the potential cost offset by introducing safety devices with needle and syringe was estimated from a health care perspective.

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Glenngård AH & Persson U. Costs associated with sharps injuries in the Swedish health care setting and potential cost savings from needlestick prevention devices with needle and syringe. Scand J Infect Dis 2009:Feb 19:1-7. [Epub ahead of print].

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Costs of needle stick injuries & subsequent hepatitis and HIV infection.

This study comprehensively models the short and long term costs of needlestick injuries in the USA and estimates overall annual costs of $188.5 million (2007 prices).

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Leigh JP, Gillen M et al. Costs of needle stick injuries & subsequent hepatitis and HIV infection. Curr Med Res Opin 2007;23(9):2093-2105.

 

Council Directive 2010/32/EU of 10 May 2010 on implementing the Framework Agreement on prevention from sharp injuries in the hospital and healthcare sector concluded by HOSPEEM and EPSU

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EU Council Directive 2010/32/EU of 10th May 2010 implementing the Framework Agreement onprevention from sharp injuries in the hospital and healthcare sector concluded by HOSPEEM and ESPU.

 

Council directive on the introduction of measures to encourage improvements in the safety and health of workers at work

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EEC Directive 89/391/EEC. www.eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=CONSLEG:1989L0391:20081211:EN:PDF Last accessed 20/09/10.

 

Directive 2000/54/EC of the European Parliament and of the council (18 September 2000)on the protection of workers from risks related to exposure to biological agents at work.

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EC Directive 2000/54/EC. Official Journal of the European Communities. www.biosafety.be/PDF/2000_54.PDF Last accessed 20/09/10.

 

European Commission measures for protecting healthcare workers from infections due to needlestick injuries.

A report by the UK Health and Safety Executive of a national cost-benefit analysis (2008 prices) of 2 alternative European Commission strategies to protect healthcare workers, including use of safety-engineered devices. Overall 10-year net economic benefits ranging from £10 million to £34 million were estimated.

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Evaluation of a Safety IV Catheter (IVC) (Becton Dickinson, INSYTE™ AUTOGUARD™) : Final Report

A safety IVC (Becton Dickinson, Insyte™ Autoguard™) was evaluated at a 1,100 bed university affiliated medical center to determine efficacy in reducing needlestick injuries (NIs). NI rate during a baseline period I (non-safety; 6/93-8/96, 39 months) was compared to the study period II (2/99-7/00, 18 months).

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Mendelson MH et al. Evaluation of a Safety IV Catheter (IVC) (Becton Dickinson, INSYTE™ AUTOGUARD™)Final Report 11th Annual Scientific Meeting, Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, 2001 SHEA,Toronto, Canada.

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Impact of safety needle devices on occupationally acquired needlestick injuries: a four-year prospective study.

A four-year prospective study was undertaken at the University Hospital Birmingham National Health Service Foundation Trust to evaluate the effect of the introduction of a range of safety hypodermic needle devices on the number of reported needlestick injuries (NSIs).

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Adams D & Elliott TSJ. Impact of safety needle devices on occupationally acquired needlestick injuries: a four year prospective study. J Hosp Infect 2006;64:50–55.

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Needle stick injuries in health care - frequency, causes und preventive strategies.

Healthcare workers (HCW) are at risk for infections with blood-borne pathogens – especially hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) - resulting from occupational blood-exposure through injuries with sharp instruments and needle sticks.

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Hofmann F et al. Needlestick Injuries in Healthcare – Frequency, Causes & Preventative Strategies.Gesundheitswesen 2002;64(5):259-66.

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Needlestick injuries: incidence and cost in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany,France, Italy and Spain.

This paper reviews the literature on the incidence and cost of needlestick injuries in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK and USA.

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Saia M, Hofmann F et al. Needlestick injuries: incidence and cost in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and Spain. Biomed Int2010;1:41-49.

 

Needlestick injuries in the United States: epidemiologic, economic and quality of life issues.

A systematic review of English language literature from January 1990 to June 2003 covering the epidemiology, economics, legal aspects and quality of life impact of needlestick injuries.

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Lee JM, Botteman MF, Xanthakos N, Nicklasson L. Needlestick injuries in the United States: epidemiologic, economicand quality of life issues. AAOHN Journal 2005;53(3):117-133.

 

Needlestick injury in 2008, results from a survey of RCN members.

The surveys (managed by Employment Research Ltd and commissioned by the RCN) looked at the frequency of needlestick injury and explored nurses’ perceptions of the risk they face whilst also detailing the measures taken to prevent injury.

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Royal College of Nursing. Needlestick injury in 2008. Results from a survey of RCN members.Royal College of Nursing and Employment Research. 2008.

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Occupational blood and body fluids exposures in health care workers: four-year surveillance from the Northern France network.

To assess the impact of multifocal reduction strategies introduced in hospitals affiliated with the Northern France network, we recently examined data from 4 years of BBF-exposure reports filed by network employees.

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Tarantola A et al. Am Four-year surveillance from the Northern France network. J Infect Control 2003;31:357–363.

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Occupational exposures to blood and biological material in healthcare workers. EPINETAC Project 1996-2000

The blood-borne injury is the most frequent risk in healthcare workers. In this study, occupational percutaneous injuries and risk factors associated to hollow-bore needlesticks registered in a national multicenter surveillance system are described.

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Hernandez Navarrete MJ et al. Occupational exposures to blood and biological material in healthcare workers. EPINETAC Project 1996-2000. Medicina Clinica (Barcelona). 2004;122:81-86.

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Occupational safety: selected cost and benefit implications of needlestick prevention devices for hospitals.[USA]

The United States General Accounting Office estimated the economic impact (2000 prices), under different scenarios, of the introduction of safety devices in hospitals. In some scenarios, overall annual savings were estimated of up to $90 million.

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Potential for reported needlestick injury prevention among healthcare workers through safety device usage and improvement of guideline adherence: expert panel assessment.through safety

A prospective survey was conducted over six months in order to estimate the proportion of reported occupational needlestick injuries sustained by National Health Service (NHS) Scotland staff that could have been prevented through either safety device introduction, improved guideline adherence, guideline revision or a combination of these.

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Cullen BL et al. Potential for reported needlestick injury prevention among healthcare workers through safety device usage and improvement of guideline adherence: expert panel assessment. J Hosp Infect 2006;63:445-51.

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Prevalence and prevention of needlestick injuries among health care workers in a German university hospital.

The purpose of this study was to investigate the frequency and causes of needlestick injuries in a German university hospital. Data were obtained by an anonymous, self-reporting questionnaire.

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Wicker S et al. Prevalence and prevention of needlestick injuries among health care workers in a German University Hospital. Int Arch Occup Environ Health 2008;81:347–354.

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Preventing needlestick injuries in the health sector

An agreement to prevent needlestick injuries in hospitals, one of the most widespread and serious risks to health workers across the EU, was welcomed by an overwhelming majority in Parliament on Thursday. The deal was drawn up by EU representatives of hospital employers and workers.

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European Parliament. Preventing needlestick injuries in the health sector, 11th February 2010

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Prevention of Sharps Injuries in the Hospital and Healthcare Sector

Implementation Guidance for the EU Framework Agreement, Council Directive and Associated National Legislation

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"European Biosafety Workshop. Prevention of sharps injuries in the hospital and healthcare sector. Implementation guidance for the EU Framework Agreement, council directive and associated national legislation."

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Role of Safety-Engineered Devices in Preventing Needlestick Injuries in 32 French Hospitals.

To evaluate safety-engineered devices (SEDs) with respect to their effectiveness in preventing needlestick injuries (NSIs) in healthcare settings and their importance among other preventive measures.

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Lamontagne F et al. Role of safety-engineered devices in preventing needlestick injuries in 32 French hospitals. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2007;28(1):18-23.

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Selecting, Evaluating, and using Sharps Disposal Containers, DHH (NIOSH) Publication No. 97-111, January 1998

Occupational transmission of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B virus (HBV), and hepatitis C virus (HCV) has been well documented. The risk of infection with HIV following one needlestick exposure is approximately 0.3% and ranges from 6% to 30% for HBV and from 5% to 10% for HCV. The passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) blood-borne pathogens standard (29 CFR 1910.1030) has increased compliance and awareness of prevention strategies.

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Sharps Injuries - Stepping Up to the Challenge in Europe

Sharps injuries, and particularly needlestick injuries, bring the risk of potentially life-threatening infections. Every year in Europe approximately 1.2 million needlestick injuries are suffered by healthcare staff.

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Sharps Injuries – Stepping Up to the Challenge in Europe. http://www.efnweb.eu/version1/en/documents/HHESharpsarticlePaulDeRaeveEFN.pdf. Last accessed 05/10/10.

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Willingness to pay to avoid sharps-related injuries: a study in injured health care workers.

This US study interviewed 116 recently injured healthcare workers using a contingent valuation approach to estimate their willingness to pay to avoid sharps-related injuries with a hypothetical injury prevention device. The median willingness-to-pay (WTP) to avert injury was $850. When adjusted for patient risk status and working with an uncooperative patient when the injury occurred, median WTP increased to $1270.

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Fisman DN, Mittleman MA et al. Willingness to pay to avoid sharps-related injuries: a study in injured health care workers. Am J Infect Control 2002;30:283-7.