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Needlestick Injuries Remain a Problem for Hospitals
Health Leaders Media - Scott Wallask

There is a lot of focus on patient safety, emergency management, and other hot-button issues, but needle-related injuries still present significant regulatory risks for hospitals. For at least the 10th year in row, the latest OSHA statistics show that the agency’s bloodborne pathogens standard was the most cited in general acute care hospitals in fiscal year 2009. The standard requires a variety of measures to prevent exposures to blood and other potentially infectious bodily fluids, including steps to avoid needlesticks and an exposure control plan.

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