The Exposure Prevention Information Network (EPINet™*) was developed
by Janine Jagger, M.P.H., Ph.D., and colleagues in 1991 to provide
standardized methods for recording and tracking percutaneous injuries
and blood and body fluid contacts. The EPINet system consists of a Needlestick and Sharp Object Injury Report
and a Blood and Body Fluid Exposure
Report, and software programmed in Access®* for entering and
analyzing the data from the forms. (A post-exposure follow-up form is also
available.) Since its introduction in 1992, more than 1,500 hospitals
in the U.S. have acquired EPINet for use;
it has also been adopted in other countries, including Canada,
Italy, Spain, Japan and U.K.
Free technical support continues to be available (as of June 2014) for EPINet program users. Contact Ginger Parker at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 434-962-3470.
In 1992, Janine Jagger organized a voluntary data-sharing network of healthcare facilities using EPINet--the "EPINet Rsearch Group." Participating healthcare facilities from across the U.S. annually send data to the Center which are merged into an aggregate database. With 15 years of data from a cumulative total of 84 hospitals, it is the longest-standing database of healthcare workers' at-risk exposures to blood and body fluids in the U.S.; it is the foundation of the Center's research, and provides important support for new policies to improve healthcare worker safety. Data from the EPINet Research Group may be accessed here. A list of healthcare facilities that have contributed data to the research group is here.
*The EPINetTM for Access® program is copyrighted and may not be altered without permission of the International Health Care Worker Safety Center. EPINet is a trademark of the University of Virginia. Access is a registered trademark of the Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.