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Safety in Surgery

Resources to reduce exposure risk and improve healthcare worker safety in surgical settings


Training video on hands-free transfer technique for passing sharp instruments during surgery*

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Passing Sharps Safely: The Hands-Free Technique

11-2012: The Hands-Free video is now available in French. Go here.

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 *Copyright 2008, Bernadette Stringer. Video may not be copied, in full or in part, reproduced by any means, or in any way modified by any party, without written permission of the copyright holder.
"Passing Sharps Safely: The Hands-Free Technique" was written and produced by Bernadette Stringer, RN, PhD, and Ted Haines, MD. We wish to thank Dr. Stringer and Dr. Haines for permission to post the video on this site.


Surgical exposure risk - epidemiology and prevention:

American College of Surgeons - statements on sharps safety in surgery:


Hands-free technique for passing sharp surgical instruments:

  • Video
  • Articles

Interviews with surgical safety specialists:

Interviews with infected surgeons:

OSHA and CDC resources and recommendations:

Recommendations from surgical professional associations:

Surgical safety products

Surgical Sharps Safety Checklist

Other surgical sharps safety resources:

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