Special Report

Cost savings from needlestick prevention

• Hospitals and health care employers in California are expected to save over $100 million per year after implementing the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s requirement for safe needle devices.

• According to the American Hospital Association in Washington, DC, one case of serious infection by bloodborne pathogens can soon add up to $1 million or more in expenditures for testing follow-up, lost time, and disability payments.

• The cost of follow-up for a high-risk exposure is almost $3,000 per needlestick injury even when no infection occurs.

• Safe needle devices cost only 28 cents more than standard devices.