Policy Statement on Sharps Safety
The AASPA endorses the following Council on Surgical and Perioperative Safety Safe Surgical Principle regarding sharps safety: "The CSPS endorses sharps safety measures to prevent injury during perioperative care. Sharps safety measures should include double-gloving, blunt suture needles for fascial closure, and the neutral zone when appropriate to avoid hand to hand passage of sharps."
The following are linked resources gleaned from the CSPS website regarding sharps safety:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Workbook for Designing, Implementing,and Evaluating a Sharps Injury Prevention Program
- Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (CDC NIOSH): Preventing Needlesticks and Sharps Injuries
- CDC NIOSH: Use of Blunt-Tip Suture Needles to Decrease Percutaneous Injuries to Surgical Personnel
- American College of Surgeons (ACS) Statement on Sharps Safety
- ACS Statement on Blunt Suture Needles
- AST: Recommended Standards of Practice for Sharps Safety and Use of the Neutral Zone
- AANA Safe Practices for Needle and Syringe Use
Public Health Issue of Guns in Our Society
The recent tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut have served to underscore the tremendous public health issue of gun violence in our nation. As a profession dedicated to the wellbeing, health and safety of our patients, AASPA believes that intelligent, effective, enforceable and public safety guided gun control policies must be in place across our nation.
AASPA has submitted a resolution to have a national PA voice on gun control to be debated at the AAPA Annual CME Meeting in May, 2013.