This April, we brought together 6 renowned experts to speak to healthcare workers, leaders and educators about the issue of Sharps Injuries.
Over 50,000 needlestick injuries are incurred by Canadian healthcare workers every year. This is a trend that in 16 years has only gone down slightly, despite incredible innovation in safety engineered devices. Quite simply, the current sharps risk exposure to healthcare workers is Not OK. We were honored to host three events in three cities to bring needlestick injuries back into the clinical spotlight. Bringing to the stage speakers who have dedicated their lives to the furtherance of needlestick injury prevention and improved healthcare worker safety, we were greatly moved by the personal reflections, subject-matter expertise, and conversations that happened during our time together... thank you for all who joined us and participated in bringing focus back to the prevention of needlestick injuries.
Our Key Take-Aways
01. SHARPS INJURIES ARE NOT DECREASING.
Sharps injuries are not decreasing as expected, don't overlook the issue.
02. DON'T UNDERESTIMATE THE CONSEQUENCES.
The injury and consequences of acquiring a bloodborne disease can be devastating, despite advancements in treatment.
03. LET'S 'SQUEAK' MORE
Proven prevention strategies are available but unrelenting implementation is required. A national database is needed to put sharps injuries back on the radar.