Gold Standard products will help break down the barriers in safety compliance by providing the surgical team with simple, easy-to-use products that will help you achieve your safety initiatives. These products set the gold standard in practice for three distinct safety initiatives: prevention of wrong-site surgery, sharps safety and biohazard fluid management.
Eye-opening statistics show that safety products and safe practice are needed now more than ever. According to the Joint Commission, wrong-site surgery is the most frequently reported sentinel event. As of September 30, 2009, wrong-site surgery has been reported 867 times, accounting for 13.5 percent of all errors reported to the Joint Commission.1
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) estimates that there are between 600,000 and 800,000 needlestick injuries sustained by healthcare workers every year. Half of these injuries go unreported. Some of these injuries expose healthcare workers to potentially lifethreatening diseases, such as Hepatitis (B&C) and HIV. In addition, NIOSH notes that the emotional impact of a needlestick injury can be severe and long-lasting even when a serious infection is not transmitted.2
1. Carney, BL. Evolution of wrong site surgery: prevention strategies. AORN Journal. 2006. Available at: http://findarticles.com/p/articles/ mi_m0FSL/is_5_83/ai_n26864452. Accessed August 11, 2009.
2. The Joint Commission. Sentinel event statistics as of: September 30, 2008. Available at: http://www.jointcommission.org/SentinelEvents/Statistics/. Accessed October 30, 2008.