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Needlestick prevention group takes to the road

Safe in Common [1], a non-profit organization established to raise awareness about needlestrick hazards for U.S. healthcare personnel, has launched The Needlestick Safety Awareness Tour.

The nationwide tour, which began March 28 in Boston, will engage 100,000 healthcare personnel at more than 50 U.S. hospitals who believe Federal standards now in place for needlestick prevention are largely inadequate and that safer devices along with other measures are available and should be required to maximize protection to those at risk of harm.

A key element of the campaign is to encourage healthcare workers to take the Safe In Common Needlestick Safety Pledge. [2]

“As President of the American Nursing Association during the adoption of the Federal Needlestick Prevention Act in 2000, I was honored to have helped our industry take a vital first step toward protecting healthcare personnel at risk of injury. But we must now come together again to help finish the job. I firmly believe that every needlestick injury is preventable with the right equipment, the right procedures and the right culture. I encourage all U.S. healthcare personnel to join me in the signing of the Safe in Common Pledge,” says Mary Foley, PhD, RN, chairperson of Safe in Common.

Go to the Safe in Common [1] website to register your pledge and to follow the progress of the tour on Facebook and Twitter.