The Historical Trends and Improvements in Sharps Injuries
Authors: Grimmond T
Publication: Sharps Injuries: Containing the Problem
What is the article?
Terry Grimmond elaborates on the causes and effects of a needlestick injury for healthcare workers. As he offers his insights on how this international healthcare issue can be reduced, we learn about the new legislation and options for sharps containers.
What did we learn?
This article discusses the historical trends and causes of a sharps injury, including the following statistics:
- From 1991 - 2001, annual US sharps injuries fell to 400,000 from 1 million
- 40-50% of sharps injuries occur during a procedure
- 20-35% of sharps injuries occur after a procedure but before disposal
- 5-15% of sharps injuries occur due to inappropriate disposal in a sharps container
It's hard to believe now, but prior to 1980, sharps were recapped and discarded into garbage bags or scouraged containers, and up to 30% of environmental service staff suffered Sharps Injuries annually."