Sharpsmart: Size and Location Impact on Sharps Injuries

 

Authors:   Grimmond T and Naisoro W

Publication:   Waste Management & Research 2012; 30: Pages 639-642 


 

Summary: 

What was the study? 

The study ‘A 6-year, 3-phase study comparing use of a small patient-room sharps disposal container with a larger engineered sharps container’ examined the impact of converting from a small patient room sharps container to the Daniels Sharpsmart reusable sharps container.

 

What were the results?


Phase 1: (Non-Sharpsmart disposable sharps containers)

  • 19.4% of SI were sharps container-related.


Phase 2: (Sharpsmart sharps containers in med-rooms)

  • Sharps Container-Associated Needlestick injuries fell 94.9%
  • Disposal related Needlestick injuries fell 71.1%
  • Transport injuries rose


Phase 3: (Sharpsmarts sharps containers in patient rooms)

  • Sharps Container-Associated Needlestick injuries were zero
  • Disposal related Needlestick injuries fell 83.1%
  • Recapping Needlestick injuries fell 85.1%

Compared to small portable Sharps Containers, use of the larger, safety-engineered Sharpsmart sharps container mounted on patient room walls can result in significantly fewer staff sustaining container-related needlestick injuries annually. The Sharpsmart sharps containers' volume, large aperture, passive overfill protection, one-hand deposit and close-at-hand siting are postulated as contributing t0 the reduction in disposal-related Sharps Injuries."

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