Scalpel Injuries occur DAILY and... are a MAJOR source of blood-borne pathogen exposure in the OR
The Scalpel CaddyTM is a sharps safety device that Prevents the Risk of injuries from the passing of scalpels. NO MORE
PASSING. Complies with CDC, OSHA, AORN, ACS, AST, The
Joint Commission, and NIOSH Recommendations & Requirements
Here's a look at the innovative, redesigned, Scalpel CaddyTM with no foam, enhanced chamber locks, and top holders. The next generation Scalpel CaddyTM is now more compact, making easier to fit into your CPT Kit.
Scalpel CaddyTM Highlights:
Unlike the original, the newly redesigned Scalpel CaddyTM now has a UNIVERSAL Mayo Stand Hook on the back, allowing it to safely & securely fit onto any style Mayo Stand (both the older & newer style Mayo Stands).
Scalpel CaddyTM on Mayo Stand in OR Theatre
Surgeon reaching for scalpel while safely placed in caddy, avoiding hand-to-hand passing with a Nurse
Scalpel Injuries are a Major source of blood-borne pathogen exposure in the OR
It has been estimated by the Centers of Disease Control that approximately 385,000 sharps injuries occur each year to hospital employees. More than half of these sharps injuries are not reported. There are a variety of factors leading to these sharps injuries including: Fatigue, rushing, inaccurately anticipating a surgeon's movement or an unintended mishap passing instruments back and forth are the most common causes for many sharps injuries. Many of these injuries are due to scalpel injuries that afflict surgeons, nurses and other OR personnel. These injuries can expose healthcare workers to blood-borne pathogens.
There are many costs associated with these exposures. These costs can include the time spent reporting, treating, and following up on these injuries. In addition, there is the cost of salaries and benefits of injured staff. There is also the cost of laboratory testing of exposure sources and exposed personnel and appropriate post-exposure prophylaxis. How can we decrease the incidence of injury in the operating room?
Many clinicians believe that the following activities provide the most beneficial results:
OSHA continues to site facilities for neglecting sharps safety initiatives. These lapses in compliance may lead to fines of up to $7000. However, willful neglect of the Blood-Borne Pathogen Standard can result in penalties of $70,000 and may include criminal charges. In addition to these cost the potential treatment and care of the healthcare worker damaged by scalpel injury can be extensive because of the cost of damage to nerves, arteries or tendons, actions from blood-borne pathogens etc.
Source: International Sharps Injury Prevention Society
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CDC on Scalpel Injuries
The cost of a sharps injury can be a compelling reason to use safer sharps practices. One sharps injury can cause a number of direct and indirect costs for the health care facility, including:
In addition to costs incurred by the health care facility, the stress on the affected worker and the worker’s family can be enormous. In addition to the initial concern, testing for blood-borne pathogens can last for months, producing feelings of anxiety and distress for an extended period of time.
Content source: Center for Disease Control
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