How many more Australian healthcare workers have to sustain a needlestick injury before safety engineered devices become routine?

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[Extract] A decade has now passed since the annual number of needlestick injuries (NSIs) among Australian healthcare workers (HCWs) was identified as more than 18,500 per year.1 At the same time calls were made for widespread policy reform including routine NSI monitoring and mandated use of safety engineered devices (SEDs).1 This brief report discusses Australian and international drivers, impediments and progress in prevention of occupational needlestick injury. It also embraces innovation in applications to better understand local NSIs and predict the organisational impact of investing in SEDs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16
Number of pages1
JournalThe Australian Hospital Healthcare Bulletin
Issue numberAUTUMN
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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