Regulations and safety-devices for sharps seem to lower overall injury rates, regardless of the way injury rates are calculated, according to a new study from Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.
Researchers set out to measure the effect of the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act by analyzing sharps injury data from 85 hospitals nationwide. For each measure used, injury rates dropped 33 percent after implementation of the NSPA.
According to the study, this corresponds to a 100,000 injury reduction annually, saving between $69 and $415 million.
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