NIOSH is all go on STOP STICKS campaign

By: July 15th, 2011 Email This Post Print This Post

Raising awareness among healthcare workers about the dangers of needelsticks and other sharps injuries and providing tools to help facilities conduct their own campaigns is the goal of the STOP STICKS by NIOSH.

NIOSH provides a soup to nuts approach to creating a successful campaign. Dedicated web pages focus on:

  • How to conduct the campaign
  • Preparing and implementing the campaign blitz
  • Using NIOSH-provided tools such as newsletters, posters, and videos
  • Measuring the campaign’s impact

There are five types of posters on the poster template page, general awareness, data display, correct technique, fast facts, and informational display with plenty of choices. And many you can modify to suit the specific needs and goals of your campaign.

STOP STICKS also provides four customizable newsletter articles to use with weekly blitz themes:

  • Sharps Injuries Persist in OR
  • Passing & Loading Sharps Devices
  • Neutral Zone: Transferring Sharps Safely
  • Cost Not Necessarily a Drawback of Safer Needle Devices

As you can tell from the article titles above, much of the campaign materials were developed for operating room and emergency department settings. But the target audience could also include “clinical and nonclinical healthcare workers and healthcare administrators in hospitals and doctor’s offices,” according to the campaign home page.


By Bruce Cunha on July 19th, 2011 at 11:43 am

We are implementing this for our facility. My only issue is that many of the pictures used on the web show people using non-safety devices. Even the picture on the sharps safety page, which when you mouse over says “Picture of safety syringes” is incorrect. These are not safety syringes.

I really hate seeing the negative being shown. How hard would it have been to put in pictures of peopel using safety sharps devices?


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