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Published On May 3, 2010

POLICY

Sticking Points

Percutaneous injuries among medical students and health care workers hurt in more ways than one.

600,000 to 800,000

Number of needlesticks and related percutaneous injuries from syringes and other “sharps” reported annually by U.S. health care workers

 

59

Percentage of surgeons in training who were accidentally stuck by a needle while attending medical school, according to a recent Johns Hopkins study

 

99

Percentage of residents who had sustained a needlestick injury by their final year of training, according to a 2007 paper in The New England Journal of Medicine

 

1 in 300

Chance that a health care worker will contract HIV if stuck or cut by a medical instrument contaminated with an HIV patient’s blood

 

35

Estimated number of HIV cases each year that result from occupational percutaneous injuries

 

3,000

Cost, in U.S. dollars, of treatment and follow-up for a high-risk exposure

 

1992

Year the FDA recommended that all health care facilities use needleless or recessed-needle IVs

 

2001

Year OSHA modified its Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens Standard to specifically mandate the use of needleless IV systems and other

“safer medical devices”

 

74

Percentage of nurses in the 2008 Study of Nurses’ Views on Workplace Safety and Needlestick Injuries who said they would not accept a job from an employer that did not provide safety syringes

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