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A look at NSI prevention campaigns

August 29, 2014

For many hospitals around the world, the information about how to reduce needlestick injuries, and the preventative measures that must be in place comes from national legislation or guidelines from leading experts or organisations. However, for professionals that want to appear to be at the forefront of needlestick injury prevention it can be apt to pay attention to the latest campaigns. 

This will help the hospital stay at the forefront of developments within the industry, which can help you excel national standards, but will also ensure the organisation presents itself as a leader of innovation, rather than one that is just doing the minimum.

There are a number of leading groups that are pushing awareness, innovation in safety devices or for better reporting statistics around the world, and which ones are most relevant to a specific organisation highly depends on the hospital itself. However, two of the major ones have been detailed below:

The Stop Sticks Campaign.

Starting from a pilot project in South Carolina, the Stop Sticks Campaign focuses on trying to prevent the number of injuries happening in healthcare organisations. It aims to do this by encouraging healthcare workers to have a full understanding of the problem, which involves knowing the magnitude of the problem. 

The campaign aims to do this by primarily raising awareness, and as a result of this, motivating healthcare workers to make the necessary changes to have a safer workplace and reduce sharps injuries. It notes that these alterations will only happen through evolving a culture of safety and ensuring safer sharp devices and used. 

The Stop Sticks Campaign is a community-based information and education programme and has published a number of materials specifically concentrating on healthcare workers in the operating room and emergency department. It presents organisations with tools that are highly customisable for the needs of individual hospitals. This can then be delivered as a standalone campaign or be tied in with other initiatives, such as introducing new safety devices.

Safe in Common

Safe in Common is a non-profit organisation, which was first established to try and improve the lives of healthcare workers deemed at risk of suffering needlestick injuries. It is led by Professor 
Mary Foley, a former president of the American Nursing Association and a leader in the US for needlestick prevention. 

Safe in Common embodies a number of campaigns and initiatives, including its international pledge. This is one of its latest projects is a nationwide campaign that aims to bring together 100,000 to healthcare professionals who believe that the current standards need to be improved as they are inadequate to protect workers. The pledge also highlights the importance of safety devices for reducing the number of injuries happening each year.

Joining such campaigns can position healthcare organisations in front of others and can help give healthcare workers plenty of time to introduce new guidelines or processes.

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