Healthcare Quality Week 2017: "Reducing Accidental Needlesticks: Protecting yourself to protect your patient" (RP1710C_101717)

Dallas, TX US
October 17, 2017

Healthcare Quality Week is a UTSW/PHHS initiative to discuss improvement strategies and best practices in patient quality and safety, health information technology, patient care delivery, and patient satisfaction. 

The organization strives to be a top performer in protecting our staff in regards to patient care. OSHA implemented a revision to the Needlestick safety and Prevention Act to further reduce health care workers' exposure to bloodborne pathogens by imposing additional requirements upon employers, such as hospitals and ASCs, concerning their sharps procedures. Consistent with the Act, one of the regulations requires employers to solicit employee input with respect to appropriate engineering controls, products, workflows and reporting. 

The panel discussion will discuss accidental needlesticks and brainstorm how to reduce these going forward. Learners are expected to be engaged in discussion surrounding work flows, products, reporting, to ultimately eliminate needlesticks.


Target Audience

MD/DOs, NP, PA, Nurses, Scientists/Researchers, Pharmacists, Social Workers, Psychologists, Therapists, Administrators

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to link the educational objectives to Core Competencies (Medical Knowledge) and:

  • Review the magnitude of blood/body Fluid exposures
  • Discuss factors contributing to exposures and construct potential solutions
  • Identify past successes in the prevention of needlesticks and predict how these lessons can be implemented into practice
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA
  • 1.00 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
10/17/2017 - 9:00am CDT
Event ends: 
10/17/2017 - 3:00pm CDT
Parkland | Private Dining Area
5200 Harry Hines Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75235
United States

Course director:
Pranavi Sreeramoju, M.D.

Co-course director:
Carol Croft, M.D. 

Joseph Chang, M.D.
Joseph Minei, M.D.
Alycia Roberson, RN
Karla Voy-Hatter, RN

Accreditation and Designation Statements


The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA
  • 1.00 Attendance


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