AORN 2019 Global Surgical Conference April 06 - 10, 2019
The 2019 AORN (Association of periOperative Registered Nurses) Global Surgical Conference at Nashville, TN was such a blast! We've met hundreds of nurses that came by the booth for quick chat and learned all about safety. Thank you for stopping by. We'd love to see you all again real soon.
Caitlin G. from Alexandria VA has won Qlicksmart's Hashtag Frame Competition. On her instagram post, she says "Qlicksmart for safety! Learning all the ways we can protect ourselves from sharps in the OR!" Thank you for the wonderful post!
Our US Education Consultant, Allan Brack, has this to say about the AORN 2019 Conference:
This meeting was the first AORN where we felt inundated with requests for information on preventing sharps injuries.
The nurses who came by our booth were very aware of how dangerous the Operating Room (OR) actually is, with a surprising number of nurses admitting that they saw that injuries in the OR were on the rise.
There were anecdotal tales of injuries sustained in the OR and concern from other nurses that they could sustain an injury. One nurse reported that she had her Ulna Nerve severed, while another nurse said that she had required hand surgery after a scalpel blade injury.
Many visitors actually said they had been tasked to look specifically for sharps prevention devices and information, which is a major step forward in our efforts to keep nurses safe. Requests for Continuing Education (CE) Talks were also up, and I was happy to see that many people who have taken part in previous CE Talks sought us out to tell us about their progress in getting Qlicksmart into their hospitals.
A very good show indeed!
Speaking of trade shows, here are a few more upcoming tradeshows that Qlicksmart will be participating at.
ACORN (Australian College of Perioperative Nurses) State Conference at Townsville QLD Australia on May 2 - 4
EORNA (European Operating Room Nurses Association) Congress at The Hague, The Netherlands on May 16-19.
AST (Association of Surgical Technologists) Conference at National Harbor, Maryland on May 30 - June 1.
If you're attending any of these or are just in the area, please visit us at our booth.
Safe Practice Protects Downstream Workers Too
Sharps injuries and needlesticks are a threat that most healthcare professionals are wary of. Safety procedures are implemented with the aim to mitigate the risks involved when working with sharps. These procedures usually succeed in doing so when followed correctly by staff that use and are in direct contact with sharps. When they aren’t followed correctly however, direct users are not the only ones at risk.
Downstream workers come into contact with medical waste and equipment on a regular basis. They are not in control of the risk management involved in their job like nurses and surgeons might be. If a clinical staff member does not follow sharps safety procedures correctly, they are putting more than themselves at risk. The downstream workers that wash the linen and collect the waste for example are also at risk of a sharps injury or needlestick.
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