Surgeons and operating room staff run the risk of contracting a blood-borne or other transmitted disease due to needlesticks, puncture wounds, and other hazardous scenarios. To lower risks, every hospital and medical practice must follow the Needlestick Safety Act or face profound consequences. Learn how an innovative new needle containment and self-secure closer device can dramatically decrease many adverse hazardous incidents and keep facilities compliant with the OSHA health and safety requirements.
Common Challenges to OR Staff Explained
Operating rooms are considered high-risk places due to the invasive procedures and sharp instrument use necessary to perform surgeries. All operating room staff, including surgeons, are trained to follow safety regulations to limit their risk of contracting a transmittable disease through needlesticks and other adverse incidents. These challenges include contaminated needlestick hazard, lost or dropped needles during the procedure, lowering OR turnaround times, and properly maintaining an efficient procedural continuity.
Determining How Needlesticks Happen in an OR Suite
Most surgeries involve several people working on the sterile field that must handle, pass, and dispense/dispose of and have sharps including needles used for surgical closures. Typically, a scrub nurse handles keeping track of field instrumentation & supplies like needles and blades. Anytime a sharp instrument or needle is passed to another, there is a risk for injury.
Discover Surgeon-Driven Sharp Solution
A new surgical suture closure device enables surgeon-driven sharp containment, self-dispensing needles, increased workflow efficiency, and no-pass needles. The result – better compliance with the Needlestick Safety Act. Contact Sharp Fluidics for more information.