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Needle Safety

While caring for others, RNs face the risk of needlesticks every day, exposing themselves to potentially lethal blood borne pathogens like HIV and Hepatitis C. Yet, these needlestick injuries are preventable. RNs and other health care workers sustain 600,000 to 800,000 needlestick and sharps injuries every year, resulting in at least 1,000 new cases of health care workers with HIV, Hepatitis B or C. Technology exists to protect health care workers from needlesticks, yet less than 15 percent of U.S. hospitals use safer needle devices, such as retractable needles.


The CDC estimates that 60 to 80 percent of needlestick injuries can be prevented through the use of safer devices. Safer devices are cost-effective. They cost more per needle, but the extra expense is minimal compared to the cost for a needlestick that results in a serious infection.


ANA has been calling for the use of safer devices and protections for health care workers since the 1980s.  The Safe Needles Save Lives campaign encompasses all of ANA’s work on this issue by advancing its agenda through education, in the workplace and in the policy arena.


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Click HERE for ANA’s needlestick safety page for a variety of useful resources, such as toolkits, fact sheets, brochures, position statements, a webinar and more.


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