[MCOH-EH] BBP Safer Sharps

william hyman wahyman at gmail.com
Fri May 5 14:33:59 PDT 2017

>    1. Re:  BBP Safer Sharps (Dr Amber H Mitchell)
> As Dr, Mitchell  and I have discussed between us before, if 52% of
> injuries are non-safety then 48% are with (so called) safety. Part of that
> 48% is associated with non-activation, which is a serious issue. But
> another part is with activation, ie activating the device did not prevent
> the injury, or maybe even caused the injury. This is also a serious issue
> and it means that activating  some devices may not be a safe thing to do.
> This may be a link to the non-activations, ie people don't activate some
> devices because they correctly perceive that doing so can be dangerous.

   Not all devices named or designated as safety are actually safe when
used by real people in      the real environment of use. There can be a
difference between the apparent capability of some  devices to render the
sharp safe and whether this will actually occur on a consistent basis.
 Seemingly safe when demonstrated is not always good enough.

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> Date: Fri, 5 May 2017 19:27:33 +0000
> From: Dr Amber H Mitchell
>         <amber.mitchell at internationalsafetycenter.org>
> To: MCOH/EH <mcoh-eh at mylist.net>
> Subject: Re: [MCOH-EH] BBP Safer Sharps
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> Therese,
> 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.
> http://internationalsafetycenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/
> Official-2014-NeedleSummary.pdf
> 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.
> Regards,
> 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>
> Reply-To: MCOH/EH <mcoh-eh at mylist.net>
> 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
> Therese Bovee McKelvey, MN, RN  Sr. Employee Health Nurse - Employee Health
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