Needlestick Injuries Cost U.S. Hospitals $1B

Needlestick injuries affect approximately 1,000 people per day across U.S. hospitals, generating more than $1 billion in unnecessary costs, according to a Safe in Common report in Herald Online.

Safe in Common determined the frequency and total cost of needlestick injuries by studying findings from the Massachusetts Sharps Injury Surveillance System. Based on recent CDC reports of healthcare personnel treatment costs, needlestick injuries cost an estimated $3,042 per victim annually, according to the report. The costs go toward laboratory fees for testing exposed employees, associated labor and counseling and post-exposure follow-ups.

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