EPINet Sharps Injury and Blood and Body Fluid Data Reports

EPINet reports provide insights into needlestick , blood, and body fluid exposures

The International Safety Center reports annually on sharps injury and blood and body fluid exposures.

Since 1992, hospitals have submitted data on occupational exposures to blood and body fluids.

This group, known as the U.S. EPINet Sharps Injury and Blood and Body Fluid Exposure Surveillance Research Group (or EPINet Research Group), originally included three distinct groups of healthcare facilities:

  • Hospitals in the eastern half of the United States
  • Hospitals in South Carolina that are members of Palmetto Hospital Trust Services (PHTS)
  • Hospitals in the Pacific Northwest that are affiliated with the Providence Health System

 

Sharps injury and blood and body fluid exposure data from these healthcare facilities is collected on an annual basis, merged into an aggregate database, and analyzed using EPINet reporting software. Although participating hospitals vary in size, geographic location, and teaching status, the exposure patterns are surprisingly similar. This suggests a high degree of standardization among medical devices and procedures.

All hospitals in the EPINet network participate on a voluntary basis. We are grateful for their contribution of staff time and energy, as well as the exposure data that is the foundation of the Center’s healthcare worker safety research.

If you would like more information about the facilities contributing to the EPINet Research Group, please contact Ginger Parker at:

p. 434-962-3470
e. Ginger.Parker@internationalsafetycenter.org

 

EPINet Sharp Object Injury and Blood and Body Fluid Exposure Reports by Year

The following data are intended to provide a picture of sharp-object injury and blood and body fluid exposure patterns in healthcare settings.

These reports may not be duplicated in full without the express permission of the International Safety Center.

 

Customized Injury & Exposure Reports

In addition to annual general reports, EPINet is capable of generating customized reports specific to your needs using subsets of sharp object injury and blood and body fluid exposure data, including:

  • All or Any Specific Job Category
  • Location of Injury
  • Injury Associated with Specific Medical Device
  • Mechanism of Exposure
  • Changes over a Specific Time Period
  • And Many More

If you would like to have a custom EPINet report, please contact Ginger Parker at:

p. 434-962-3470
e.  Ginger.Parker@internationalsafetycenter.org

 

How to Cite EPINet Data

For EPINet sharps injury data, please use this format:

“International Safety Center. U.S. EPINet Sharps Injury and Blood and Body Fluid Exposure Surveillance Research Group. Sharps Injury Data Report for ____ [year]; __ hospitals contributing data, __ total injuries. Report available at [give URL].”

For EPINet blood and body fluid exposure data, please use this format:

“International Safety Center. U.S. EPINet Sharps Injury and Blood and Body Fluid Exposure Surveillance Research Group. Blood and Body Fluid Exposure Report for ____ [year]; __ hospitals contributing data, __ total exposures. Report available at [give URL].”

For questions about any of the data reports, please contact Ginger Parker at:

p. 434-962-3470
e.  Ginger.Parker@internationalsafetycenter.org