Staff safety first - a priority in the operating room

Sinnott, Michael J. and Eley, Robert M. (2015) Staff safety first - a priority in the operating room. ACORN: the official journal of perioperative nursing in Australia, 28 2: 8-11.

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Author Sinnott, Michael J.
Eley, Robert M.
Title Staff safety first - a priority in the operating room
Journal name ACORN: the official journal of perioperative nursing in Australia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1448-7535
Publication date 2015
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 28
Issue 2
Start page 8
End page 11
Total pages 4
Place of publication Osborne Park, WA, Australia
Publisher Australian College of Operating Room Nurses, ACORN
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: This article is a conceptual piece based on many years of observation in the clinical setting in three countries. It is intended to raise awareness and promote discussion amongst the readership.

Physical problem: The risks of sharps injuries from hollow bore needles, scalpel blades and suture needles, with subsequent risk of infection, physical trauma and psychological trauma are well known.

Governance problems: Despite a high number of injuries, health care facilities are infrequently subjected to work health and safety (WHS) inspections.

Underlying thinking anomalies: Also well known are the extremely low reporting rates by health care professionals who have suffered a sharps injury. Explanations for this "aberrant" behaviour are looked at from the perspective of both health care professionals and management.

Proposed solutions: Solutions aimed at reducing sharps injuries based on regulations and legislation alone have only been partially successful. Complementary solutions suggested in this paper include a safety score audit.

Conclusion: To improve staff safety, new ideas such as the introduction of a safety score audit as part of hospital accreditation need to be considered and researched.
Keyword Patient safety
Safety score audit
Sharps injuries
Staff safety
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collections: Official 2016 Collection
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