webinar WEDNESDAYSSM

  Preventing Sharps Injuries in a Changing Healthcare Environment
Date:
Jan. 16, 2019
Time:
2:30 PM ET


Webinar Description

Medical tourism has exceeded $430B globally, and people from around the world are seeking healthcare in the U.S. This means that potential occupational exposure to bloodborne and infectious pathogens can no longer be based only on national prevalence. With co-infection and co-morbidity on the rise with HIV, HCV, HBV, drug resistant organisms like MRSA, and an ever-increasing population of people with diabetes, the risks associated with sharps injuries, and blood exposures are more complex than ever. This presentation will describe current global prevalence of bloodborne and infectious diseases and will summarize occupational incident data in the US and abroad using the International Safety Center’s Exposure Prevention Information Network "EPINet" surveillance database. Webinar participants will gain an increased awareness about why engineering controls like sharps injury prevention devices, PPE, and work practices like safe disposal practices need to be an ongoing focus to prevent occupational exposures to biological hazards in healthcare. Presenters will provide the tools necessary to create a framework that increases compliance and implements change.

What You Will Learn
  • Explain why the transmission of bloodborne pathogens (BBPs) is still a critical public health issue, greatly impacting health workers
  • Review current OSHA requirements and compliance hot topics
  • Provide recent sharps injury and mucocutaneous exposure data
  • Describe why safety devices and PPE are critical to preventing sharps injuries and BBP exposures
  • Provide a framework for increasing compliance and implementing change
  • 1 CE credit will be provided by BD to those who attend live event



About the Speaker


Dr. Amber H. Mitchell

President and Executive Director, International Worker Safety Center


Webinar Description




This webinar is directed to frontline workers such as:

  • Nurses
  • Technicians
  • Lab Personnel


As well as administrative personnel who have input into device selection, including:

  • Office Managers
  • Purchasing Agents
  • Nursing Directors
 





  Preventing Sharps Injuries in a Changing Healthcare Environment  
Date:
Jan. 16, 2019
Time:
2:30 PM ET


Webinar Description
Medical tourism has exceeded $430B globally, and people from around the world are seeking healthcare in the U.S. This means that potential occupational exposure to bloodborne and infectious pathogens can no longer be based only on national prevalence. With co-infection and co-morbidity on the rise with HIV, HCV, HBV, drug resistant organisms like MRSA, and an ever-increasing population of people with diabetes, the risks associated with sharps injuries, and blood exposures are more complex than ever. This presentation will describe current global prevalence of bloodborne and infectious diseases and will summarize occupational incident data in the US and abroad using the International Safety Center’s Exposure Prevention Information Network "EPINet" surveillance database. Webinar participants will gain an increased awareness about why engineering controls like sharps injury prevention devices, PPE, and work practices like safe disposal practices need to be an ongoing focus to prevent occupational exposures to biological hazards in healthcare. Presenters will provide the tools necessary to create a framework that increases compliance and implements change.

What You Will Learn
  • Explain why the transmission of bloodborne pathogens (BBPs) is still a critical public health issue, greatly impacting health workers
  • Review current OSHA requirements and compliance hot topics
  • Provide recent sharps injury and mucocutaneous exposure data
  • Describe why safety devices and PPE are critical to preventing sharps injuries and BBP exposures
  • Provide a framework for increasing compliance and implementing change
  • 1 CE credit will be provided by BD to those who attend live event
 
About the Speakers

Dr. Amber H. Mitchell
President and Executive Director, International Worker Safety Center

 

Dr. Mitchell is president and executive director of the International Safety Center. The center administers the Exposure Prevention Information Network (EPINet), which is the most widely used sharps injury surveillance tool used both in US hospitals and around the world.

Dr. Mitchell has worked in the public, private, and academic sectors. She began her career as the federal OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Coordinator and has received several professional awards for her work on healthcare worker safety. She is widely published in professional and trade journals and is a recognized expert on needlestick prevention.

 

Elise Handelman
Occupational and Environmental Health Consultant

  Elise Handelman is an occupational and environmental health consultant. Her background is nursing in and occupational health specialty. Handelman holds a Master's degree in Adult Education and was the director of OSHA’s Office of Occupational Health Nursing for nearly 20 years. She is considered a national expert on the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard. Prior to coming to OSHA, Handelman worked in acute care, public health, occupational health, and infection control. Handelman has published multiple peer-reviewed articles along with other educational materials.
 
Who Should Attend

This webinar is directed to frontline workers such as:

  • Nurses
  • Technicians
  • Lab Personnel


As well as administrative personnel who have input into device selection, including:

  • Office Managers
  • Purchasing Agents
  • Nursing Directors
 
 
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