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Movie Puncture Exposes Hep B&C, HIV Dangers in Needlestick Injuries for Nurses, Healthcare Workers

September 20, 2011

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Captain America star Chris Evans plays an unusual attorney in Puncture who takes up the cause of a local ER nurse who contracts HIV after an accidental needlestick injury on the job. He emerges as an unlikely hero who takes on a medical device monopoly, fighting a landmark legal case to get safety needles into the hands of every American healthcare worker.

Puncture reveals the untold story of the enormous risks faced every day by nurses and healthcare workers exposed to dangerous and deadly bloodborne pathogens Hepatitis B, C and HIV through contaminated needlesticks, sharps, or splash exposures. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates 800,000 accidental needlestick injuries have occurred annually.

The underdog lawyer wages a contemporary David and Goliath battle against the medical device industry forces that block front line healthcare worker access to proven safety needle innovation for blood drawing and infusion.

The classic “one person-against the odds” cautionary tale portrays the issues leading up to the passage of the U.S. Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act 2000 and the added protection under the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Act Administration (OSHA) and its Bloodborne Pathogens Standard.

For the global healthcare worker industry and advocacy community, Puncture brings all the urgency and passion of this real-life story to screen, illustrates the daily realities of the workplace and the underlying forces that restrict the purchase and use of safer needle products.

Puncture opens Sept. 23 in New York (Empire 25, Sunshine), Los Angeles (The Landmark) and Houston (River Oaks); Oct. 7 in additional cities such as San Francisco, Chicago and Washington, D.C.; and will be everywhere this fall.

SOURCE Millennium Entertainment, LLC


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