Please Help Make Retractable Safety Needles Mandatory
- 1Nov 5, '11 by LRB79i just created a petition entitled the president of the united states: make retractable safety needles mandatory in healthcare settings, because i care deeply about this very important issue.
i'm trying to collect 100 signatures, and i could really use your help.
to read more about what i'm trying to do and to sign my petition, click here:
it'll just take a minute!
once you're done, please ask your friends to sign the petition as well. grassroots movements succeed because people like you are willing to spread the word!
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- 0Nov 5, '11 by TheCommuter Senior ModeratorQuote from brandy1017Retractable safety needles are not legally mandated, which means that healthcare facilities do not have to use them at the present time. However, I think that a law such as the aforementioned one would promote safety for both patients and staff.I thought this already was mandatory!
- 2Nov 5, '11 by Ashley, PICU RNQuote from BiffbradfordSo that hospitals can't just say, "We aren't going to buy retractable needles because they are more expensive. Who cares that they reduce risk of accident and injury? There's no law that says we have to buy them, so we are going to save money and stick (pun intended) with the non-retractable, unsheilded needles."Why "MANDATORY"?
- 2Nov 5, '11 by NotFloQuote from Ashley, PICU RNMy facility had been using retractable needles for years. About two months ago the whole company decided no more retractable needles and switched to some really cheap needles. What better way express how they really feel about their nurses? They don't even think we deserve protecting from needlestick injuries.So that hospitals can't just say, "We aren't going to buy retractable needles because they are more expensive. Who cares that they reduce risk of accident and injury? There's no law that says we have to buy them, so we are going to save money and stick (pun intended) with the non-retractable, unsheilded needles."
- 1Nov 5, '11 by CapeCodMermaidI worked for a company that used retractable syringes. Apparently, they then thought the cost was too high and I got a memo to cease ordering them. I refused and presented statistics which showed there were NO needle stick injuries after we switched to the retractable kind. The cost of an ER visit, meds, and emotional toll of a needle stick far exceeded the cost of the retractable syringes. I'm all for using them, but we already have WAY to many mandatories...especially in Long Term Care.