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◊ What is EPINet?

The Exposure Prevention Information Network (EPINet™*) was developed by Janine Jagger, M.P.H., Ph.D., and colleagues in 1991 to provide standardized methods for recording and tracking percutaneous injuries and blood and body fluid contacts. The EPINet system consists of a Needlestick and Sharp Object Injury Report and a Blood and Body Fluid Exposure Report, and software programmed in Access®* for entering and analyzing the data from the forms. (A post-exposure follow-up form is also available.) Since its introduction in 1992, more than 1,500 hospitals in the U.S. have acquired EPINet for use; it has also been adopted in other countries, including Canada, Italy, Spain, Japan and U.K.

The Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act of 2000 and the 2001 revised Bloodborne Pathogens Standard require health care facilities to maintain a sharps injury log. The log must include, at a minimum, the type and brand of device involved in the exposure incident, the department where the exposure occurred, and an explanation of how it occurred. EPINet™ for Access® meets all these requirements. It also provides a wealth of other detail that can help facilities target high-risk devices and products and evaluate the efficacy of new technology designed to prevent needlesticks.

◊ What can you do with EPINet?

  • Identify injuries that may be prevented with safer medical devices.
  • Share and compare information and successful prevention measures with other institutions.
  • Evaluate the efficacy of new devices designed to prevent injuries.
  • Target high-risk devices and procedures for intervention.
  • Analyze injury frequencies by attributes like jobs, devices, and procedures.
  • Prepare monthly, quarterly, and annual exposure reports.

◊ How can you order EPINet?

  • The EPINet™ for Access® software program* is available free of charge by contacting Ginger Parker, EPINet coordinator for the International Health Care Worker Safety Center, at gingerparker@virginia.edu, or calling (434) 982-0702. The program can be sent as an e-mail attachment.
  • Access/EPINet-OR is a version of EPINet designed specifically for the surgical setting. It is suitable for both inpatient and outpatient surgical settings as well as labor and delivery suites. To obtain a copy of the program, e-mail Ginger Parker at gingerparker@virginia.edu.
  • The EPINet report forms can be downloaded from this site by clicking here.
  • The user manual for EPINet™ for Access® can be downloaded from this site by clicking on "EPINet Manual," above. 

◊ Technical support for EPINet

The Center offers free technical support for EPINet users. Contact Ginger Parker at gingerparker@virginia.edu or call (434) 982-0702.

◊ About the EPINet Sharps Injury and Blood And Body Fluid Exposure Surveillance Research Group

In 1992, Janine Jagger organized a voluntary data-sharing network of healthcare facilities using EPINet--the "EPINet Rsearch Group." Participating healthcare facilities from across the U.S. annually send data to the Center which are merged into an aggregate database. With 15 years of data from a cumulative total of 84 hospitals, it is the longest-standing database of healthcare workers' at-risk exposures to blood and body fluids in the U.S.; it is the foundation of the Center's research, and provides important support for new policies to improve healthcare worker safety. Data from the EPINet Research Group may be accessed here. A list of healthcare facilities that have contributed data to the research group is here.

*The EPINetTM for Access® program is copyrighted and may not be altered without permission of the International Health Care Worker Safety Center. EPINet is a trademark of the University of Virginia. Access is a registered trademark of the Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.