WHEN NEAR ENOUGH IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH – The sequel Reducing Sharps Injuries in the Operating Theatre

Peter Deliopoulos 1

CEO, PDMedical Pty Ltd, Dandenong South, VIC, Australia


This session will cover a case study of collaboration between the infection control nurses of St. Vincent’s Private Hospital Melbourne and PDMedical with the aim of Reducing Sharps Injuries in the Operating Theatre. This will highlight what can be achieved when industry and the medical sector collaborate.

This collaboration by St Vincent’s Private Infection Control nurses and PDMedical resulted in the development of the Sharps Caddy used in hospital wards.

By observing the procedural setup, operation and clean-up process through the eye of the engineer, as well as through discussions with surgeons, nurses, NUM’s and infection control staff, key practices needing consideration were identified. From this, simple changes were identified to improve the safety to staff of sharps injury.

This session will present the key findings best able to protect nurses, surgeons and operating theatre staff from sharps injury. The recommendations for and best ways to transition include changes to setup and layout, scrub nurse to surgeon positioning, transfer trays use and valuable incidence recording and safety performance monitoring.

The solution worthy of consideration is one requiring a few simple changes to help the scrub nurse become more efficient, maintain order through the procedure and improve their own safety as well as the safety of others from sharps injury.

If improving safety in theatre and reducing sharps injures is of interest, an outsiders view of what you take for granted may help you see things in a slightly different light and help you achieve your goals

About the College

The ACIPC is the peak body for Infection Prevention and Control professionals in the Australasian region. Our stated vision is the prevention and control of infection in our communities. We commenced in January 2012 bringing together the various State and Territory infection control associations formerly in AICA (The Australian Infection Control Association) to support and encourage collaboration across Australasia.

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