Operating room safety in Australia: Are we up to the world standard?

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Extract: Each year Australian healthcare workers perform more than 2.2 million surgical procedures. Assuming that Australian surgical complication rates are similar to those of other developed countries it is likely between 3 to 17% of patients undertaking these procedures will incur a complication such as surgical site infection or even wrong surgery. Also alarming is the likely number of occupational exposures to blood and body fluid including needlestick injuries (NSI) which Australian healthcare workers (HCWs) and in particular perioperative nurses, routinely sustain. An early Australian study reported 2.53 NSIs per 1000 surgical procedures making NSIs one of the most significant occupational health and safety risks for operating room (OR) staff. The unresolved nature of these events,their high potential for harm and the substantial economic, financial and physical burdens they pose to healthcare consumers and providers compel us to better understand them.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-28
Number of pages3
JournalACORN
Volume25
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012

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Operating Rooms
Occupational Health
Safety
Needlestick Injuries
Delivery of Health Care
Surgical Wound Infection
Body Fluids
Occupational Exposure
Developed Countries
Health Personnel
Nurses
Economics

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