Volume 3, Number 4
Jagger J, Bentley M. "Injuries from Vascular Access Devices: High Risk and Preventable." 1998 AEP: 3(4) 37, 44-47. Analyzes data from the 1996 Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)report which demonstrated that occupational exposures to HIV varied in the level of transmission risk they posed to health care workers. The educational safety programs and revamped disposal systems introduced by the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, together with the use of a safety IV catheter designed to prevent needlestick injuries, have resulted in significant decreases in needlestick injury rates in EPINet hospitals.
"Advancing Safety: A Message from Lynda Arnold, R.N." 1998 AEP 3(4) 39, 41.Outlines the recent activities of Arnold, a nurse who contracted HIV from a needlestick injury in 1993. In addition to founding and serving as board president of the National Campaign for Healthcare Worker Safety, an organization which has developed a speakers' bureau on topics related to occupational injury, disease, and prevention,Arnold herself has emphasized the message that "healthcare worker safety is a right, not an option" in her own lectures. Further, Arnold monitors the Pledge to safety program, which has enlisted over 500 health care facilities in the campaign to increase health care worker safety measures. Arnold gives demonstrations at nursing schools and phlebotomy training sites and has produced a documentary video.
Abstracts: Provides abstracts of six articles from the 7th Annual Meeting of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, April 1997. 1998 AEP 3(4) 40-41.
"Safety Products Update: Products Designed to Prevent Health Care Worker Exposures to Bloodborne Pathogens." 1998 AEP 3(4) 42-43. Provides illutrations of designs of recently introduced safety products.
Bentley M. "Three Years of EPINet Data Available on the Web: Largest Publicly Available Database on Health Care Worker Exposures." 1998 AEP 3(4) 48. Site contains data from 2833 blood and body fluid exposures and 10,639 sharp-object injuries reported between 1993 and 1995 and drawn from 77 hospitals in three geographically diverse networks. The site can be accessed from the Health Care Worker safety Center's web site at www.med.virginia.edu/~epinet.