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A renewed focus on preventing sharps injuries in the operating room

In July, the American Nurses Association (ANA) hosted its first in-person Sharps Injury (SI) Prevention Stakeholder meeting. Experts, advocates, specialists, and frontline nurses from varied backgrounds with global renown convened to discuss the state of sharps injuries and needlesticks in U.S. health care. With hepatitis C infections and associated comorbidities, including metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and coinfection with hepatitis B, HIV or multidrug resistant organisms, at an all-time high, especially among baby boomers, renewing focus and making concerted efforts to reduce sharps injuries and bloodborne and infectious disease exposures is time critical.

Environment, health, and safety

Nurses today are indeed challenged to do no harm to
the sick as well as the healthy—just in the course of
daily life and work.

Guns and nurses

The ambush shootings in downtown Dallas last July, which killed five police officers and wounded seven other people, cast a spotlight…

Issues up close – Fighting the invisible

MRSA, Clostridium difficile, and newly emerging “superbugs” are penetrating deeper into both healthcare and community settings. We need to use critical-thinking skills and rigorous infection control practices to outsmart these pathogens.

On unsafe ground

A call for real change and policies to prevent violence against nurses By Susan Trossman, RN Healthcare facilities are a…

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