According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year in the U.S. approximately 385,000 sharps-related injuries are sustained by hospital-based personnel.1 Up to 70% of nurses and doctors have experienced a needlestick or sharp injury, with nearly 44% occurring in the operating room and almost 24% occurring in patient or exam rooms.2
The top 3 most frequent devices causing injury include:
There are many ways to prevent sharps injuries: double gloving, using correct technique, creating a neutral zone, and using alternative engineering control methods.3
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1. . Updated 2020. Accessed February 1, 2022.https://internationalsafetycenter.org/exposure-reports/
2. International Safety Center. U.S. EPINet Sharps Injury and Blood and Body Fluid Exposure Surveillance Research Group. Sharps Injury Data Report for 2020. Report available at
3. CDC. Stop Sticks Campaign. CDC Website. https://www.cdc.gov/nora/councils/hcsa/stopsticks/default.html. Updated February 22, 2019. Accessed February 1, 2022.