Exploring Needle Safety

Safe in Common (SIC), a non-profit organization aiming to end needlestick and sharps-related injuries, is hosting a panel of healthcare safety experts this week to discuss development of a unified plan to address the shortcomings in injury prevention. According to the group, "The Unfinished Agenda" picks up where federal regulations left off more than 10 years ago and examines modern needlestick safety from its roots in the 1980s HIV/AIDS crisis to where we stand today.

More than 800 members of the global healthcare community, from veteran nurses and healthcare administrators to pharmaceutical manufacturers, have registered for the online event and the chance to submit questions to Safe in Common's panel of experts. Registration to participate during the November 14, 2012, event (beginning 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time) is free and can be arranged online at http://bit.ly/SICconf.

The online conference will be moderated by SIC Chairperson Dr. Mary Foley, PhD, RN. Dr. Foley, the Director at the Center for Nursing Research/Innovation at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Nursing, has been a champion for healthcare worker safety for nearly four decades, and will be joined by:

  • PJ (Pamela J.) Haylock, PhD, RN, FAAN, Chief Executive Officer of the Association for Vascular Access
  • Dr. Janine C. Jagger, Professor of Research of Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, University of Virginia, Founder and Director of the International Health Care Worker Safety Center at the University of Virginia
  • Gina Pugliese, Vice President of the Premier Safety Institute, adjunct faculty at the University of Illinois School of Public Health andlth and Rush University College of Nursing, Senior Associate Editor of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.

The event will present a live discussion as well as interviews and videos with student nurses, key opinion leaders, and healthcare workers all over the United States. For more information about the online conference, please visit: http://bit.ly/SICconf. To join the cause and be part of the mission, take the pledge at www.safeincommon.org.

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