Volume 4, Number 3
Black, LM. "One Unnecessary Needle=HIV+HCV." 1999 AEP 4(3) 25, 27-29. Tells the story of nurse Lisa Black's October 1997 needlestick injury at a Nevada hospital, her subsequent infections with HIV and HCV, and the attendant difficulties she faced holding jobs and supporting her family on reduced workers' compensation benefits.
Perry, J. "Federal Agencies Issue Joint Advisory on Glass Capillary Tubes." 1999 AEP 4(3) 26. The FDA recently issued only its second safety advisory related to the risk of bloodborne pathogen exposure. Discusses the risks associated with the use of glass capillary tubes.
"SAFETY PRODUCTS UPDATE: products designed to prevent health care worker exposure to bloodborne pathogens." 1999 AEP 4(3) 30-32. Provides diagrams of new products with safety features.
"Checklist for Exposure Prevention," 1999 AEP 4(3) 33-34. A list of crucial questions that any hospital or health care facility trying to reduce its high-risk occupational exposures should consider. Although the checklist emphasizes blood-drawing and intravenous catheter placement, it includes areas such as needleless or protected IV systems, surgery, and OSHA bloodborne pathogens standard requirements as well.
"Update on State Legislation: Tennessee Second State to Pass Safety Legislation." 1999 AEP 4(3) 36. Discusses recently passed Tennessee law which requires the commissioners of labor and health to develop standards for the use of safe needles by health care workers. A number of other states are considering needlestick prevention legislation as well.