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AUSTRALIA: “Nurses Call for Action to Prevent Needlestick Injuries”

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Australian Associated Press     (05.04.10)

Citing evidence that more than 18,000 nurses report needlestick or other sharp injuries annually, the Australian Nursing Federation is calling on state and federal governments to provide $50 million (US $45.6 million) in the coming three years for a program to reduce the risk. The money would be used to provide education and equipment, as well as to purchase needle-free injection devices, said a statement by Ged Kearney of ANF. “Police wear bulletproof vests, firefighters are given fire-adverse clothing, so why shouldn’t nurses be protected from the risks associated with their work?” she asked. “Just like police and firefighters, nurses are dedicated to saving lives, but this should not be at high risk to themselves.” ANF added that an estimated one-half of such injuries are never documented; it wants to make reporting mandatory.

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Written by pkids

May 6, 2010 at 10:53 pm

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