Entries by TTS

Needlestick injuries: Incidence and Cost

The study explores the cost of NSIs (needlestick injuries) in the U.S. which can range significantly, particularly with and without the use of safety devices. Additionally, there are many other costs including litigation that exceed current estimates.  29% of NSIs can be prevented through the introduction and use of safety devices. To read the full […]

Underreporting in Accidental Needlesticks

This 2018 foreign study (Iran) shows how underreporting is rampant and often due to how busy nurses in this particular study are in their course of work and activity.  In order to fully understand the incidence and prevalence of this pervasive issue,  ongoing education programs are essential in encouraging practitioners to report each accidental needlestick.  […]

Risk of Needle-Stick Injuries Associated With the Use of Subdermal Needle Electrodes

Though an older study, one of the few research studies discussing needlesticks and the use of subdermal needle electrodes during intraoperative neuromonitoring.  (IOM is one of Marea Enterprises‘ largest customer base). Other notes on this study include the sheer number of needles placed on the body at any given time pre-disposes practitioners to accidental needlesticks […]

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Sharps Safety Employee Training

The ongoing focus of Needlestick Safety and Prevention Dr. Amber Mitchell, president and executive director of the International Safety Center, and a leading advocate on needlestick safety and prevention was interviewed regarding the importance of ongoing focus on sharps safety and enhancing employee training to reduce needlestick injuries. A combination of increased patient volumes, employee […]

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Needlestick Safety Prevention

Needlestick Injuries Increasing, but Not Always Taken Seriously Karen Daley is one of the leading advocates of needlestick safety prevention.  She was an emergency room nurse in San Francisco during the HIV pandemic and was exposed to HIV before they even knew what it was. She contracted HIV from a needlestick from an infected patient.  […]

2019 ASNM ASET Presentations Reducing Accidental Needlesticks During IOM Procedures

Reducing Accidental Needlesticks during IOM Procedures Author: Grace Padilla-Kastenberg1 , MPH, Brent Tyler2 , MD, CNIM Marea Enterprises1 and Beacon Monitoring2 Intro & Problem Accidental needlesticks continue to present a serious occupational hazard to healthcare workers. According to the CDC, nearly 400,000 needlestick and sharps injuries take place annually, most during surgical procedures. These injuries […]

Effective Strategy Reducing Accidental Needlestick Injuries IONM Procedures Case Study 2019

An Effective Strategy for Reducing Accidental Needlestick Injuries During Intraoperative Neuro Monitoring Procedures: Case Study Grace Padilla-Kastenberg, MPH, Brent Tyler, MD, CNIM ABSTRACT Injuries incurred by accidental needlesticks continue to pose a serious problem in healthcare settings and particularly during surgical procedures. Intraoperative Neuro Monitoring (IOM) is a unique surgical practice that employs non-cannulated (subdermal) […]

Venous Needle Dislodgement Dialysis Clinic Settings

A Compilation of Best Practices and Prevention Venous needle dislodgement (VND) occurs when a venous needle dislodges from a patient’s vascular access during hemodialysis treatment. It causes significant problems for the patient and can cost a facility a lot of money. This report discusses best practices and solutions to overcome this important issue. By Michael […]

Marea Needlestick Safety Protocol Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring

A recommended universal protocol for preventing needlesticks to all allied healthcare workers in perioperative settings where intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring with subdermal needle electrodes is performed. AUTHORED BY MAREA ENTERPRISES INC. Thousand Oaks, California. KEYWORDS Intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring, needlesticks, needlestick safety, bloodborne pathogen transmission, neuromonitoring best practices, subdermal needle management SUMMARY: The purpose of this protocol […]