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International Healthcare Worker Safety Center

Global Initiative for Healthcare Worker Safety

Sponsored by UVA's International Healthcare Worker Safety Center, this site is a resource for accessing international research and policies on the prevention of needlesticks and occupational exposures to bloodborne pathogens. Much of the information available here is organized by region and/or country.

Defining the problem... 

Healthcare workers are a critical resource in every corner of the globe -- the infrastructure without which healthcare cannot exist. But in caring for us, they place themselves at risk daily of contracting life-threatening infections from bloodborne pathogens, including HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. Injuries from needles and other sharp medical devices, along with accidental exposures to blood and body fluids from splashes and sprays, are the most serious occupational hazard faced by healthcare workers. (read more)

...and the solution

Devices with engineered sharps injury protection are highly effective in reducing the risk of needlesticks and sharps injuries. We know that a combination of safer devices, hepatitis B vaccine and basic barrier garments save lives. The challenge is to get protective devices and products into the hands of healthcare workers who need them most--in every corner of the globe.

Who should use this site?

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To learn more about the Center's Global Initiative for Healthcare Worker Safety and how you can participate, click here.



Note to Visitors

As of January 2013, this website is no longer being
actively updated. It will continue to be accessible 
as a UVA site for its research and historical value.

The information and documents available on the site continue to be relevant for researchers in the area of sharps safety and protection of healthcare workers from bloodborne pathogen exposures.

EPINet Data for 2010 and 2011

Available here. 

Consensus Statement and Call to Action on Sharps Safety Released March 2012