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AEP Index

Volume 1, Number 5

Jagger J, Bentley MB. Disposal-Related Sharp-Object Injuries. AEP. 1995: 1 (5) 1-2, 6-7, 11. Despite the recent advances due to the implementation of OSHA mandated standards, disposal-related injuries continue to occur in significant numbers. This article focuses on the characteristics of disposal-related sharp object injuries and offers some recommendations for decreasing such injuries.

Chiarello L. Evaluation of Needlestick Prevention Technology: A Perspective from the New York State Pilot Study Experience. AEP. 1995:1 (5) 3-5. Review of a pilot study in New York in which ten hospitals evaluated fourteen safety devices. Methodological issues of planning and implementating a product evaluation are discussed.

Steed C, Lettau L. Hepatitis B Infection and Sharp Object Injuries in Hospital Laundry Workers: Amazing Discoveries in Hospital Laundries. AEP. 1995: 1 (5) 8-9. Besides doctors, nurses, and phlebotimists, other employees who do not use sharp objects in their actual work are also affected by sharps injuries. This report describes the occurences of sharps injuries and the prevalence of hepatitis B infection in laundry workers at a large community teaching hospital in South Carolina.

Tereskerz PM, Crane C. Percutaneous Injuries Amoung Medical Students. AEP. 1995: (5) 10-11. Medical students have recieved little attention in the studies of percutaneous injuries, yet some studies suggest that they sustain sharp object injuries at a rate similar to or higher than other health care workers. The lack of documention of at-risk blood exposures among medical students is discussed.

EPINet Forum. 1 (5) 12. Answers the question: "How can we use our EPINet data to evaluate the effectiveness of a new safety device?"