The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (2011, para. 2) defines a sharps injury as, “a penetrating stab wound from a needle, scalpel, or other sharp object that may result in exposure to blood or other body fluids.” Different types of sharps include intravenous cannulas, butterfly needles, hypodermic needles, phlebotomy needles, lancets, scalpels, suture needles, razors, scissors, tissues, and fragments of bone (Weston, 2013, p.208). Sharps injuries affect a great number of health care professionals in the workplace . It is estimated that
Major injuries including fractures, dislocations, loss of sight, poisoning, unconsciousness and any injury resulting in someone needing resuscitation, any incidents leading to someone having to take a leave of absence from work for more than three days, Reportable injuries such as hepatitis, HIV, meningitis and tuberculosis. Or any potential dangerous occurrences that may not have lead to injury or disease such as fires, needle-stick injury and collapse of lifting equipment. Reporting all these incidents allows the council or HSE to investigate why and how they occurred and ways in which to prevent them happening again in the future.
For a first aid provider becoming infected with a blood borne pathogen is an ever-present concern. By the very nature of their work emergency medical technicians (EMTs) are at risk to exposure. EMTs can be exposed to blood or other body fluids by working on a trauma victim with uncontrollable bleeding or who is disoriented, or exposed to infected needles used in the process of performing a life saving procedure on a patient. According to a national survey conducted 2664 paramedics reported the following exposure rates:
Dirty equipment – having dirty equipment which is not cleaned between patients can spread infection very fast lots of bacteria can be spread on a blood pressure cuff for example.
Mohohammadnejad, E., Dopolani, F. N., (2015). Risk factors of needle stick and sharp injuries among health care workers. (2015). Journal of Nursing & Midwifery Sciences, 2(1), 34-39
Drawing out blood can be very dangerous for the patient and for the phlebotomist, these injuries can happen before drawing out blood, right after they pull the needle from the vein, when they’re transferring the blood into a tube and they forget to throw away the needle. “Even with legislation and the advancements in safety designs, needlestick injuries still occur” (Daugherty). Although, since 2,000 there has been many technology and legislation advancements to the needles, there hasn't been a way to prevent the injuries from happening because they are needles and when it touches the skin with enough pressure it will go into the skin. Research shows that “In phlebotomy procedures, 62% of injuries occur within seconds after the device is removed
Health care workers are at risk of being exposed to blood-borne pathogens through needle-stick and other sharp object injuries. The pathogens of primary concern are the human immunodeficiency virus, hepatitis B virus, and hepatitis C virus. When a needle-stick injury occurs, workers report the incident to their supervisor. This information is forwarded to county health departments and ultimately to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A CDC researcher used these data to compare needle-stick injuries in community hospitals and tertiary-care hospitals. Is this a paired or independent comparison? Explain your answer.
Step ONE: There are several diseases that will put a healthcare provider at risk. Healthcare providers are often worried of getting dirty needle sticks and contracting a disease such as Hepatitis or HIV. Not only are Health care providers are being precautious towards dirty needle sticks, but are also precautious towards staph bacteria such as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Patients who have MRSA are resistant to different antibiotics in which cause health problems. MRSA affects healthcare providers and anyone who comes in direct contact with the infected person or anyone who touches items with the bacteria that causes staph. It is mainly a skin infection but it could also affect the lungs, blood, heart, bones or joints.
W1 was a performing a surgical procedure in the operating room holding a suction tube (OBJ2, AFSAS Object 2) in her right hand to clear blood for the doctor. As doctor was stitching up the patient the suture needle began to be drawn into the suction tube up by the thread. W1 then grabbed the suture needle with her left hand preventing the needle from becoming logged inside the suction tube. W1’s left thumb was penetrated by the suture needle. W1, complete blood borne pathogens procedures directed by the infection control officer.
Axel and skeleton frame injuries are something that are very common in the world of sports. The National Football Ledge(NFL) has a foundation of physical impact and is very strenuous on the axel and skeletal frame. Thoracic disc herniations in the one of the most common injuries the NFL and it requires the greatest amount of time to recover which is 189 days. Thou the injury is very high in football nearly 15 percent of American suffer from Thoracic Disc Herniation. Degeneration the most common cause of Thoracic disc herniation “As a disc's annulus ages, it tends to crack and tear. These injuries are repaired with scar tissue. Over time the annulus weakens, and the nucleus may squeeze (herniate) through the damaged annulus. Spine degeneration
The sharp pain I endure and the changes I made in my life were difficult challenges. There are hundreds of people in this world fighting a disease. Heather Morgan quotes that “Every Time You Eat or Drink You are Either Feeding Disease or Fighting It” and this is a battle I struggle with everyday. Morgan is an a actress and comedian who played in the movie “Bark!” My life felt as though everything was headed downhill after being diagnosed with a chronic disease.
A common injury that occurs is a dislocation of the shoulder joint in the shoulder. This injury involves the humeral head of the humerus bone that is no longer in contact with the glenoid cavity. The bone is no longer connected to the joint. You can dislocated your shoulder with sudden impact to the shoulder or if you fall on that area of your body. Elderly people have a higher risk of dislocation their shoulder joint or people who have already dislocated their shoulder or prior injury to the shoulder. Depending on how severe the dislocation is, the treatment would be rest, compression on the shoulder and even elevation to rest. Also the shoulder might naturally go back into place. The medical treatments of the dislocated shoulders entail
Minor Injury: any employment injury or an occupational disease for which medical treatment is provided and excludes a disabling injury Note: Medical treatment is that which is provided at a medical treatment facility, which means at a hospital, medical clinic or physician’s office at which emergency medical treatment can be dispensed and is not to be confused with first aid.