Reducing Sharps Injuries Through Stop Sticks Campaign
In February 2022, The Stop Sticks Task Force was created to execute a comprehensive strategy to reduce sharps injuries. Bellin Memorial had experienced a higher-than-average number of sharp injuries when compared to the nation. The purpose of this project was to reduce sharp injuries by 20% in FY 2022 and 50% by the end of FY 2023. Safety Leadership, Safety Culture, and Safe Work Practices/Engineering Controls were included in the strategy and methodology. By February 2023, the program resulted in a reduction of 26 needle sticks in comparison to the number of injuries same time the year prior. As a result of the great improvements from the Stop Sticks Task Force, the team transitioned into the system’s Workforce Safety Committee.