Needlesticks/Exposure to Blood or Other Potentially Infectious Materials
STOP STICKS CAMPAIGN
The UTMC Needlestick Task Force is comprised of members from Environmental Health and Radiation Safety, Infection Control, The Operating Room, The Emergency Department, Family Medicine, Pathology, Nursing Administration, and Purchasing.
Safety devices and work practice controls can significantly reduce needlesticks and other exposures to blood in the occupational setting.
The Task Force has been working on an educational campaign to increase awareness of needlesticks/exposure to blood and other infectious materials and to educate on proper work practice controls.
An inventory of current safety devices is also on-going while investigating new technology to reduce the risk of needlesticks.
Post Exposure Process and Follow-up