Awareness is essential to reducing needlestick injuries. With increased awareness, clinicians are more careful in their procedures, and are therefore safer. One of the key requirements of the legislation requires an institution to keep a Sharps Injury log to track incidences. This focuses awareness on the rate of injuries in that particular institution, resulting in initiatives to reduce them through safer work practices and the use of safety devices. By requiring institutions to evaluate and implement safety devices, incidences are reduced.
Hospitals can do a lot to safeguard healthcare workers with their own current resources. TRS increases the awareness of the risks through education programs (newsletters, emails). The hospitals should evaluate current policies regarding at risk procedures and change them if needed, will make the work environment safer. Healthcare Professionals must report injuries to increase awareness and result in safer work environments.
Safety devices should be available at all hospitals and include:
- The safety features is an integral part of the device (ESIP)
- The safety feature can be engaged with a single-handed technique
- The clinician’s hands always remain behind the exposed sharp
- The user can easily tell whether the safety feature is activated
- The safety feature cannot be deactivated and remains protective through disposal.
It is against company policy to recap needles.
All needles must be contained in an approved safety disposal container after use.
Pay attention when performing injections.
You have a responsibility as a healthcare professional of TRS to learn how to use the needlestick safety devices at your client facility.
Rights of Medication Administration
- Right patient
Use 2 identifiers to confirm you have the right patient
Check the name on the order and the patient.
Ask patient to identify himself/herself.
When available, use technology (for example, bar-code system).
- Right medication
Check the medication label.
Check the order.
- Right dose
Check the order.
Perform necessary calculations and/or conversions
- Right route
Check the order and appropriateness of the route ordered.
Confirm that the patient can take or receive the medication by the ordered route.
- Right time
Check the frequency of the ordered medication.
Double-check that you are giving the ordered dose at the correct time.
Confirm when the last dose was given.