Sticking points: Sharp-minded tips for reducing needlesticks

Akridge, Jeannie
December 2012
Healthcare Purchasing News;Dec2012, Vol. 36 Issue 12, p18
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The article reports on the role that the passage of the U.S. Federal Needlestick Safety & Prevention Act of 2000 has played in reducing sharps injuries among health care workers in U.S. health care facilities. The opinions that several medical professionals, including Mary Foley of the nonprofit organization Safe in Common, Jackie Rategan of Stericycle and Cheryl Wozniak of B. Braun Medical Inc., have about the act and sharp injuries prevention, are discussed.


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