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    Title: Safer Needle Devices protect workers from exposure to life-threatening diseases by preventing needlestick injuries
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    Speaker Notes:

    Safer needle devices can protect employees from occupational exposure to blood and other potentially infectious materials.

    When the first case of occupationally transmitted HIV through needlestick was reported in 1984, a new awareness about the occupational hazards faced by health care workers emerged. Employers adopted aggressive prevention strategies in response to increased awareness of risk to workers from HIV and other bloodborne pathogens.

    However, the health care worker's risk of acquiring a potentially lethal infection through needlestick injury remains very real. Safer needle devices can protect health care workers from exposure to life-threatening diseases by preventing needlestick injuries.

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