“Enhanced aperture design can significantly reduce container-associated sharps injuries. Other factors contributing to the reduced injuries may include hand deposit, safe closure, hand restriction and pre-assembly.” – Authors
What was the study?
The two-year, 28 hospital study on ‘Sharps injury reduction using a sharps container with enhanced engineering: a 28 hospital non-randomised invention and cohort study’ examined the impact of conversion from disposable sharps containers to the Daniels Sharpsmart reusable containers.
Fourteen hospitals converted to the Daniels reusable system, and 14 hospitals remained as a control cohort group who did not convert to the Daniels Sharpsmart reusable container.
What were the results?
In the 14 hospitals who converted to Daniels Sharpsmart:
- After-procedure Sharps Injuries fell by 30%
- Disposal related Sharps Injuries fell by 57%
- Container Associated Sharps Injuries fell by 81%
In the control group using disposable sharps containers:
- No significant reductions occurred in container associated injuries.
- Total Sharps Injuries increased.
What does this mean for you?
The results demonstrate that the Daniels Sharpsmart reusable container delivers significant reduction in container-related and disposal-related Sharps Injuries.
Authors: Grimmond T, Bylund S, Anglea C, Beeke L, Callahan A, Christiansen E, Flewelling K, McIntosh K, Richter K, Vitale M. Publication: American Journal of Infection Control 2010: 38: 799-805, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ajic.2010.06.010