‘Tis the Season to be Sharps Safe!

‘Tis the Season to be Sharps Safe!

Although December is the season to be jolly, ‘tis also the season to be sharps safe! Happy International Sharps Injury Prevention Awareness Month!

The facts:

  • Approximately 400,000 needle stick injuries happen each year, with half going unreported
  • Of the 400,000, nurses account for approximately 40% of these injuries
  • As nurses, we need to be proactive and create a culture of safety within the hospital- not just for our patients, but for ourselves and our fellow colleagues!

So what can we do?

  • Never recap needles!
  • Engage safety mechanism immediately with your dominant hand
  • Dispose sharp device immediately
  • Report all observed sharps injuries & hazards
  • Be prepared, be mindful, and Bee Safe!

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