Perceived barriers to implementation of a successful sharps safety program

AORN J. 2006 Feb;83(2):391, 393-7. doi: 10.1016/s0001-2092(06)60169-5.


IN RESPONSE TO INCREASING needle sticks and sharps injuries at a large, urban trauma center in the northeastern United States, a nurse educator assembled a focus group of OR staff members to determine what they perceived to be barriers to successful implementation of a sharps safety program. THE FOCUS GROUP IDENTIFIED inadequate communication, powerlessness, resistance to change, intimidation, inconsistencies in practice, negative attitudes, inexperienced staff members, and time constraints as barriers to a successful change implementation. USING THIS INFORMATION, the nurse educator identified strategies to implement a practice change to decrease the rate of needle sticks and sharps injuries.

MeSH terms

  • Focus Groups
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Humans
  • Needlestick Injuries / prevention & control*
  • New England
  • Occupational Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Perioperative Nursing*
  • Safety Management*