Needlestick injuries have been identified as an important modifiable risk factor associated with the transmission of blood-borne pathogens between patients and health-care workers. A number of jurisdictions, including the province of Ontario, turned to regulation to accelerate the adoption of safety-engineered needles (SENs) for the prevention of needlestick injuries. Yet surveillance data available in work-related emergency department and workers’ compensation claims records demonstrates that needlestick injuries have not declined substantially in Ontario.
Case studies were carried out in three acute-care hospitals in Ontario to help stakeholders understand why needlestick injuries continue to occur and what might challenge and support further progress in this area. The findings from these case studies are included in this report.