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  • Slide 1 - WATCH OUT: Preventing Needle Sticks in the Back of an Ambulance Provena Regional EMS
  • Slide 2 - Objectives List the precautions required to minimize or eliminate the risk of accidental needle sticks in the pre-hospital setting. Outline the best practice of making good use of built in safeguards. Discuss the benefits and risks of using sharps with combative patients.
  • Slide 3 - Problem In 2008, six incidences of exposure to blood/body fluids reported by PRO Two incidences due combative patients Two incidences due to failure to use the built in safety features of the equipment One incident due to using sharps in a moving unit One incident due to blood dripping into a provider’s open wound
  • Slide 4 - What is a sharp? Needles on IV catheters Needles on syringes for IV, IM and Sub Q injections Needles on premixed IV drugs IO needles Per-trach blades
  • Slide 5 - Sharps = Blood First rule of EMS BSI “If it is wet and its not yours. . Don’t touch it!” Infectious Material = Hazardous Material
  • Slide 6 - Warning The DOT Paramedic Curriculum warns that during IV and drug administration used needles present a significant risk to providers.
  • Slide 7 - Remember Proper handling of needles and other sharps before and after patient use can prevent accidental needle sticks.
  • Slide 8 - To minimize or eliminate risk of needle stick Minimize the tasks you perform in a moving ambulance. Immediately dispose of used sharps in a sharps container. Recap needles as a last resort. Make good use of built in safeguards such as retractable needles and needle guards.
  • Slide 9 - Good Practice Professional Advanced Providers (Intermediate and Paramedic) take responsibility for their own sharps. Don’t delegate disposal to a partner.
  • Slide 10 - Equipment is designed when used correctly to be safe and efficient.
  • Slide 11 - Handing off uncovered used sharps is a bad practice.
  • Slide 12 - With Combative Patients Weigh the benefits of solutions given via IV/IM against the dangers of a combative patient.
  • Slide 13 - Remember Make good use of communication principles taught in CPI Nonviolent Crisis Intervention
  • Slide 14 - Sometimes It is wise to hold off on giving IV/IM till you get to the Emergency Department
  • Slide 15 - Good Communications Explain processes to the patient to scale down anxiety and limit accidental needle sticks.
  • Slide 16 - Summary Minimize the tasks performed with sharps in the back of a moving ambulance. Immediately dispose of used sharps in a sharps container. Make good use of built in safeguards such as retractable needles and needle guards
  • Slide 17 - Take responsibility for the sharps you use. Do not hand off uncovered sharps. Weigh the risks and benefits of using sharps around agitated/combative patients.
  • Slide 18 - Report Upon completion of this presentation, please send notification to matthew.gant@provena.org

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