International Safety Center Announces Re-Launch
Focusing on Reducing Healthcare Worker Exposures to Bloodborne and Infectious Pathogens
We’ve made great progress.
Sharps injury prevention programs are working – the injury rate for needlesticks in some hospitals has dropped more than 40%.
Still, we have work to do.
Compared to sharps injuries, blood and body fluid exposures remain high. Healthcare facilities using EPINet, however, are able to identify successes early.
Emerging infectious diseases deliver a critical warning.
Infectious diseases like Ebola remind us that minimizing occupational exposure to blood and body fluids is critically important to the wellness of healthcare workers.
PPE compliance is crucial.
We may not be doing enough to protect our healthcare workers. Our data, used in new studies on worker safety – including a study published by the Center’s Dr. Mitchell – illustrates that PPE compliance rates are lower than hand hygiene compliance.
Welcome to the International Safety Center.
We are committed to improving occupational safety in healthcare by minimizing exposure to blood and body fluids.
The Exposure Prevention Information Network surveillance system (EPINet) is a standardized system that gives healthcare facilities the tools to:
- Track occupational Sharp Object Injuries (SOI) & Blood and Body Fluid (BBF) incidents
- Prevent occupational injuries and illnesses
- Reduce exposures to microorganisms that cause infectious disease, illness, and infection
- Reduce costs and improve quality
Support the Center
Hospitals and healthcare facilities seek ways to promote occupational safety and health.
The Center supports those efforts with the tools and expertise needed to reduce exposures to contaminated sharps and blood and body fluids.
Contact us to learn about the exclusive benefits we offer to those contributing to the Center as a sponsor, contributor, or partner.
We Can Help
At the Center, we have expertise in occupational safety and health, epidemiology, infectious disease, infection control, and data analysis. Our staff and faculty are available for the following:
- Free Technical Assistance for New and Current EPINet Users
- Speaking Engagements
- Consultation or Professional Support
- Analysis and Statistical Interpretation of EPINet Data
Issues in understanding the impact of the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act on hospital sharps injuries
New EPINet Publications
The Center, along with American Nurse Today, is running a three-part series entitled “Lessons Learned from EPINet”. This is the first article in the series with focus on identifying and preventing sharps injuries among nurses.