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AEP Index

Volume 1, Number 3

Jagger J, Balon M. Suture Needle and Scalpel Blade Injuries: Frequent but Underreported. AEP. 1995:1 (3) 1, 6-8. Describes how sharp instruments used in surgery are a frequent cause of percutaneous injuries, although they are not well documented. Suture needle and scalpel blade injuries are discussed.

Tereskerz PM. FDA Issues New Guidance for Medical Devices with Sharps Injury Prevention Features. AEP. 1995:1 (3) 2. Discusses FDA draft of supplementary premarket notification submission criteria for medical devices that incorporate a sharp injury prevention feature .

Fowler M, Tereskerz PM. Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Occupationally Infected Health Care Workers in the United States. AEP. 1995:1 (3) 3-4, 11. It is important to document at-risk blood exposures and follow post-exposure protocol in the case of exposure to blood in the workplace. This will help insure worker’s compensation, which may otherwise be withheld if the case cannot be proven. Presents an overview of the workers’ compensation system as it pertains to occupationally-infected health care workers.

AEP Interview: Marc Gomez and Janet Narushko, North Broward Hospital District, Florida. AEP. 1995:1 (3) 5, 10-11. Gomez and Narushko are well known for their for their efforts to implement safety products and promote health care worker safety in the North Broward Hospital District. In this interview they discuss their reputation.

Product Information: Safety Scalpels and Suture Needles. AEP. 1995: 1 (3) 9. Illustrations of various brands of safety products related to scalpel blades and suture needles.

EPINet Forum. AEP. 1995:1 (3) 12. Answers the questions: "How can I present EPINet data to hospital committees and and administrators? How can I put EPINet data to the best use in my hospital?"