76 - Sharps Injury Prevention in the Operating Room
Description: Study question and background information: Can we identify barriers to safe sharps handling and injury reporting to better understand the root causes for sharp injuries to staff who work within the operating rooms at University of Michigan hospitals. The University of Michigan created a safer sharps committee focused on reducing injuries hospital wide, and as AORN listed sharps injuries as a national priority a local, an interdisciplinary team was assembled as a subcommittee to work OR specific concerns.Design description: Define our area and population of focus to target data collection regarding sharps injuries. Review data to understand our current state and practices, identify what safety measures have already been implemented or tried, and identify safety products and educational needs that can be implemented to reduce the number of sharps injuries to staff. An action plan will be put into place after review of data and underlying cause of injuries is identified.Methodology: Extrapolate data gathered from occupational health from January 2019 to present from reported sharps injuries and categorize by operating room site and staff role. Further break down of data to also include how often staff is injured, what sharp is causing the injury, and how the injury occurred. Subcommittee will review the AORN sharp injury prevention toolkit and CDC stop-sticks campaign to utilize educational materials already developed. Safety products will be reviewed for items that cause the majority of injury, such as blades and suture.