June 10, 2013
Safe in Common (SIC) has been to the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology's (APIC) 40th Annual Educational Conference & International Meeting this weekend.
The non-profit organisation works to promote the benefits of preventing needlestick injuries for healthcare workers in America and believes it is the right of everyone who is employed in medical environments to be at the lowest risk possible from being pricked by a medical sharp.
SIC joined more than 2,500 medical professionals at the weekend (June 8th to 10th) to promote its "Golden Rules" which it hopes will eventually eradicate needlestick injuries for healthcare professionals.
As part of its awareness campaign, SIC also advocates the use of safer engineering controls to protect the 5.6 million US healthcare personnel who are at risk of contracting blood-borne diseases like HIV, hepatitis C and other life-threatening viruses as part of their daily life.
The organisation had a booth at the exhibition, which gave workers in the industry the chance to meet Dr Foley to discuss Safe in Common's mission and sign their names on the Needlestick Safety Pledge.
SIC also examined the top ten "Golden Rules" of safer engineering controls which are a guideline of safety standards that it thinks, if adhered to, will completely remove any risk of needlestick injuries from the workplace.
Chair of SIC Dr Mary Foley gathered along with many other professionals from the medical sector who all contribute to educating healthcare personnel about the risk they are exposed to everyday and the potential injuries that could incur.
She said: "Our industry has worked tirelessly to fight for infection control and against unnecessary needlestick and sharps injuries during APIC's four decades."
Dr Foley added that: "We still, however, have a great deal of work to do to unify our community of healthcare personnel, manufacturers, pharmaceutical firms, regulators, accrediting organizations and provider executives to make sure that needlestick- and sharps-related injuries are eradicated."
Foley delivered her presentation called "Needlestick and Sharps Injuries among Healthcare Personnel Persist", which was based on her four decades of experience in the area.