Sharps Injuries Remain Major Occupational Safety Concern for Healthcare Personnel

Accidental Needlesticks: The Silent Killer
Editorial: One healthcare provider’s story of a preventable accidental needlestick resulting in infection along with bloodborne pathogens standard update achieved through federal legislation.

Needlestick. King, Kevin C. & Strony, Ronald (online book chapter; last updated Nov 20, 2020) StatPearls.
Comprehensive peer-reviewed article that summarizes current knowledge related to needlestick injuries prevention and care as well as associated bloodborne pathogens.

Hierarchy of Controls/NIOSH/CDC
A hierarchy of controls to protect workers from occupational hazards.

Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation (HNHN) Year Two Highlights 2018-2019
Safety data derived from RN surveys conducted between 2018-2019 as part of the HNHN campaign. Safety data is provided on page 9 of the report.

Moving the Sharps Safety in Healthcare Agenda Forward in the United States. 2020 Consensus Statement and Call to Action. International Safety Center.
Updated sharps injury prevention Consensus Statement with updated recommendations.

Additional Resources for Sharps Safety Promotion

CDC Workbook for Designing, Implementing & Evaluating a Sharps Injury Prevention Program

A CDC sharps injury prevention program includes several components to prevent healthcare personnel from suffering needlesticks and other sharps-related injuries. This program is designed to be integrated into existing performance improvement, infection control, and safety programs.

CDC/NIOSH: Stop Sticks Campaign

The Stop Sticks campaign is a communication intervention aimed at raising about risk of workplace exposure to bloodborne pathogens from needlesticks and other sharps related injuries. The campaign guidance and resources presented are intended to guide in developing a successful campaign tailored to a facility’s needs.

International Safety Center: Resource List

This page includes a variety of resources including consensus documents, recent publications, presentations, educational material, sharps injury prevention devices, bloodborne pathogens compliance programs, post-exposure follow-up guidance, as well as other useful resource links. 

Training for Development of Innovative Control Technologies Project (TDICT)

The TDICT Project is a collaborative effort of “healthcare workers, product designers, and industrial hygienists dedicated to preventing exposure to blood through better design and evaluation of medical devices and equipment.” The website includes a section on safety feature evaluation forms ( for devices ranging from scalpels and blades, to safer injection, needleless IV connectors, sharps containers, and protective eyewear.