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Just because something is in the OR doesn’t mean it’s safe. Workers are coming through the OR all of the time at night.”

—Anne Dean, RN, The ADA Group

bloodborne pathogen hazards, specifi- cally those associated with exposure to contaminated sharps devices. “The good news is that OSHA, to

me, is very simple when it comes to sharps injury protection,” Evans says. “The ASC simply needs to provide the supplies in the event that a staff member would like to utilize those supplies for sharps injury protection. There needs to be annual review of the sharps program. There needs to

be ongoing training for the staff as it relates to sharps protection. From a sharps protection standpoint, that’s really all there is. But, by the same token, if any of those pieces are not there, there are fines.” In terms of supplies, OSHA expects ASCs to have a “safety option” for each type of needle in the ASC. “For example, if the ASC has a 21-gauge needle, they want to see a 21-gauge safety needle,” Evans says. “These safety devices have

an automatic covering that occurs so the person is not exposed. Whether it’s a safety needle or IV catheter, what hap- pens is that once you’ve penetrated the skin and used the needle, it automatically covers itself so that you’re not recapping the needle or performing tasks that could cause you to be contaminated. “You only have to have a minimal

amount of these safe options,” Evans continues. “It can be a very small quan- tity. If a staff member wants to use that


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