MS in Public Health (M.S.P.H.)
Degree Granting Department
Thomas Truncale, D.O.
Rachel Williams, M.D.
Alfred Mbah, Ph.D.
Bloodborne pathogens, Healthcare workers, Needlestick injuries
In 2015 Dr. Pratiksha Vaghela started the “Stop Poking Me” campaign which was aimed at curbing the increase in the number of needlesticks at the James A. Haley Veteran Affairs Hospital (JAHVA). The data for needlesticks was collected by the Occupational Medicine Clinic (OMC) between Oct 2013 and Oct 2016. We then obtained the original data from Dr. Vaghela’s project and compared the data to assess whether the new implementations have truly decreased the number of needlesticks. There was a 23.6% reduction in the number of needlesticks between 2013 and 2016 and even more importantly a 60.1% reduction between 2015 and 2016. Our project shows that the decrease correlates to the implementation of the “Stop Poking Me” campaign.
Scholar Commons Citation
Patel, Kamal Thakor, "Reduction in Needlestick Injuries Using a Novel Package of Interventions" (2018). USF Tampa Graduate Theses and Dissertations.