Special issue in January: A sharper look at safety

Zero needlesticks. That is the goal set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta as one of the Seven Healthcare Safety Challenges. So why did CDC contract with Novartis for prefilled, thimerosal-free syringes that had conventional needles attached? Federal law has required the use of safety-engineered devices for almost eight years.

So why are health care workers still using kits that contain conventional devices? In our January issue, Hospital Employee Health will explore lingering gaps in sharps safety. We'll also provide some expert advice on benchmarking of bloodborne pathogen exposures and share how one hospital sought the best sharps devices.