[MCOH-EH] BBP Safer Sharps

Dr Amber H Mitchell amber.mitchell at internationalsafetycenter.org
Fri May 5 12:27:33 PDT 2017


For our EPINet network of hospitals, we do capture information for each incident from the injured healthcare worker:

“If the sharp had no integral safety feature, do you have an opinion that such a feature could have prevented the injury?” and
“Do you have an opinion that any other engineering control, administrative or work practice could have prevented the injury?”

We haven’t released 2015 to the public yet, but here is 2014.  We’ve always wanted to build out this data with survey research about what they think would increase safety device use, improve safety feature activation, and decrease personnel access to non-safety.  The OSHA requirement to include frontline non-managerial employees in device evaluation clearly isn’t driving injuries down as much as we’d hoped.


Since 52.3% of all sharps injuries continue to occur from non-safety devices, we still have a good bit of work to do to understand why whole institutions or departments aren’t implementing safety devices.  And for those that are using safety, we need to understand why 64% are not activating the safety feature (or haven’t had the opportunity to activate the safety feature).

Qualitative survey data like what you are proposing would be instrumental in helping us identify underlying reasons why injuries are not declining nationally.

Let me know how we can help.


Amber Hogan Mitchell, DrPH, MPH, CPH
President | Executive Director
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From: MCOH-EH <mcoh-eh-bounces at mylist.net> on behalf of Therese Bovee-McKelvey <TMBoveeMcKelvey at evergreenhealthcare.org>
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Date: Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 4:48 PM
To: "mcoh-eh at mylist.net" <mcoh-eh at mylist.net>
Subject: [MCOH-EH] BBP Safer Sharps

Hello ,

We are looking at doing a survey monkey to get input from front-line staff regarding BBP/safer sharps concerns / issues.  Has anyone done this before and if so would you be willing to share what questions you asked and how that worked out for you?  We are looking at comparing survey results to our BBP exposure data and possibly prioritizing where to best spend our resources and efforts.

Thank you in advance,

Therese Bovee McKelvey, MN, RN  Sr. Employee Health Nurse - Employee Health
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