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Sharps Injury - risks and prevention strategies
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Sharps Injury - risks and prevention strategies

Presenter Dr Michael Sinnott, Senior Clinician and Innovator - Qlicksmart

Dr Michael Sinnott MBBS, FACEM, FRACP

Michael is a senior clinician and innovator with strong management, research and education skills. Dr Sinnott was involved in clinical medicine for over 35 years before retiring in 2018; the majority of that time was in the Emergency Department. 

In the field of research, Dr Sinnott promotes an evidence-based approach to emergency medicine research and practice, and the development of a culture which generates and supports research findings. Dr Sinnott was a driving force in designing the Queensland Emergency Medicine Research Foundation.

Dr Sinnott has contributed to over 40 publications and is a world-leader in research regarding staff safety in healthcare. His expertise lead Dr Sinnott to become involved in the development of safety guidelines and legislation in the USA, and safety standards in Australia. 

In the commercial space, Dr Sinnott is the Co-Founder of Qlicksmart Pty Ltd and Smartstream Pty Ltd, who innovate and commercialise safety medical devices. 

Course Content

Sharps cuts and injuries from scalpels, suture needles, and other sharps are a significant occupational hazard for nurses and other healthcare professionals. These cuts and injuries can have long-term impacts on the physical and psychological health of nurses and can be costly for the healthcare facility. Sharps injuries can be avoided when individuals and facilities rethink their perceptions around staff safety and patient safety, and by implementing an effective sharps safety program.

In this session, we are going to cover the current statistics on the risks and consequences of sharps safety, Australia’s current regulatory position on sharps safety, and practical guidance for prevention strategies following the Hierarchy of Controls. It is vital that all nurses and healthcare professionals who come in contact with sharps are aware of how they can keep themselves and their colleagues safe from injury. Sharps cuts and injuries from scalpels, suture needles, and other sharps are a significant occupational hazard for nurses and other healthcare professionals. These cuts and injuries can have long-term impacts on the physical and psychological health of nurses, and can be costly for the healthcare facility. Sharps injuries can be avoided when individuals and facilities rethink their perceptions around staff safety and patient safety, and by implementing an effective sharps safety program.

In this session, we are going to cover the current statistics on the risks and consequences of sharps safety, Australia’s current regulatory position on sharps safety, and practical guidance for prevention strategies following the Hierarchy of Controls. It is vital that all nurses and healthcare professionals who come in contact with sharps are aware of how they can keep themselves and their colleagues safe from injury. 

Target Audience

Learning Outcomes

In this session you will:

  • Understand the risks and consequences of sharps injuries. 
  • Examine the common reasons why staff safety can be neglected within healthcare facilities.
  • Review the current Australian regulations and standards mandating sharps safety.
  • Explore sharps injury prevention strategies using the Hierarchy of Controls and apply them to clinical practice.
 
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