Safe in Common to Exhibit at National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition
ORLANDO, Fla., May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Safe in Common, a non-profit organization of healthcare safety advocates, today announced it will exhibit at the National Teaching Institute and Critical Care Exposition (NTI), which will be held in Orlando, Fla. from May 19 – 24.
During its year-long Needlestick Safety Advocacy Tour, Safe in Common (SIC) is engaging healthcare personnel at conferences throughout the nation to raise awareness of needlestick safety and promote safer engineering controls that can protect those at risk of needlestick injuries. Some 5.6 million healthcare personnel in the U.S. are at risk of occupational exposure to HIV, hepatitis C and other life-threatening bloodborne diseases transmitted via needlestick injuries.
As part of SIC’s involvement at NTI, the Organization will encourage healthcare personnel to take the Needlestick Safety Pledge as a step towards doing more to prevent needlestick and sharps related injuries. This year’s NTI, held at the Orange County Convention Center, will be attended by approximately six thousand healthcare personnel.
“Safe in Common will connect with, and become a valuable resource for, the thousands of NTI attendees who share our concerns about the pervasiveness of needlestick and sharps related injuries,” said Dr. Mary Foley, RN, PHD, Chairperson of Safe in Common. “NTI’s annual exposition is a great opportunity for critical care healthcare personnel, many of whom are at significant risk of needlestick and sharps related injuries, to learn more about safer engineering controls and educational resources available to them.”
Safe in Common’s work to eradicate needlestick and sharps related injuries and foster adoption of safer engineering controls is expected to resonate among NTI’s audience of healthcare personnel. Each year, attendees gather to discover the latest approaches for the care of high acuity and critically ill patients, share questions, exchange stories, experiences and ideas. Safe in Common will be exhibiting at Booth 123, where healthcare workers can sign the Needlestick Safety Pledge.
For more information about Safe in Common and the Organization’s ongoing work to raise awareness of needlestick safety and promote utilizing safer engineering controls that protect healthcare workers from unnecessary needlestick and sharps related injuries, please visit http://www.safeincommon.org.
About Safe in Common
Safe in Common is a non-profit organization established to enhance and save the lives of U.S. healthcare personnel at risk of harm from needlestick injuries. It is led by Chairperson Mary Foley, PhD, RN, former President of the American Nursing Association and other industry leaders. To learn more about the Needlestick Safety Pledge and its goal of promoting and strengthening the Federal Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act, go to www.facebook.com/safeincommon and follow Safe in Common on Twitter at www.twitter.com/safeincommon.
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