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nee·dle·stick

(nē'dĕl-stik)
Accidental puncture of a health care worker's skin with a contaminated needle. The window of vulnerability for sustaining a needlestick opens when the needle is removed from the patient and does not close until it is safely discarded.

needlestick

, needle-stick, needle-stick injury (nēd′ĕl-stik″)
Accidental penetration of the skin by any sharp object used in health care. It is estimated that more than 600,000 needlesticks occur each year among healthcare providers in the U.S.

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Needle points, scalpels, sutures, syringes, and other penetrating objects (sharps) that have been used invasively may transmit blood or other bodily fluids from person-to-person. The most commonly transmitted pathogens are the hepatitis viruses and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

Patient care

Under the provisions of the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act of 2001, all health care facilities are required to develop exposure and engineering control plans that limit penetrating injuries and are required to maintain logs of such injuries at their facilities.

nee·dle·stick

(nē'dĕl-stik)
Accidental puncture of a health care worker's skin with a contaminated needle.
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Treating accidental needlestick injuries exceeds $3 billion per year in the United States alone.
Safe in Common (SIC)-a non-profit organization that represents healthcare personnel, industry leaders, policymakers and scientists -studied rates and costs of needlestick injuries within U.
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This mirrors findings from the 2006 Study of Needlestick Injuries and Safety Devices.
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The Centres for Disease Control, Health Canada and the International Health-Care Worker Health and Safety Centre at the University of Virginia have demonstrated that using safety-engineered devices can prevent up to 90 per cent of needlestick injuries, while providing a net savings across the health-care system.
The rule requires that companies with more than 11 employees maintain a "sharps" injury log listing each needlestick incident.
Abbott's NPS products satisfy new OSHA needlestick prevention directives and the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act.
One study of health care workers who took AZT for PEP after a needlestick injury found an 81 percent reduction in HIV infection.
Designed to be worn over a latex glove, PERCUGUARD targets an unaddressed area where inadequate protection results in needlestick injuries.
Safe in Common will join more than 2,500 clinical professionals as part of the organization's on-going efforts to raise awareness about needlestick safety and promote safer engineering controls.