Sharpsmart: Impact on Sharps Injuries
Authors: Grimmond T, Rings T, Taylor C, Creech R, Kampen R, Kable W, Mead P, Mackie P, Pandur R
Publication: Journal of Hospital Infection, Volume 54, Issue 3, July 2003 : Pages 232-238
What was the study?
This Before-After intervention study ‘Sharps Injury Reduction Using Sharpsmart - A Reusable Sharps Container System’ involved 8 acute care hospitals ranging in size from 150 to 850 beds in Australia, New Zealand and Scotland. The study was carried out to determine the effect on Sharps Injuries (SI) following the introduction of the Sharpsmart reusable sharps containers.
What were the results
When compared to 10 alternate sharps container brands, the Sharpsmart reusable sharps containers proved significant reductions in SI:
- Total Needlestick Injuries reduced by 32.6%
- Container Related Needlestick Injuries reduced by 86.6%
- Non Container Related Needlestick Injuries reduced by 25.7%
The use of the Sharpsmart reusable sharps containers resulted in a significant reduction in Total Needlestick Injuries, Non-Container Related Needlestick Injuries and Container Related Needlestick Injuries in the acute care hospitals studied. This is the first time in world literature that a sharps containment system has brought about such sharps injury reductions in all three parameters. It is postulated that the Sharpsmart system’s advanced safety features, high profile, multiple mounting options, correct placement, and institution-wide education brought about behavioural change through an ecosystemic effect. The Sharpsmart sharps management system offers a cost-effective means of significantly reducing Sharps Injuries.”