|Learning Objective #1: identify the critical components to include in an effective safe sharps program.|
|Learning Objective #2: recognize barriers and facilitators to use of safety engineered needles in acute care settings.|
The objective of this project is to develop a comprehensive set of validated measures of program effectiveness for a SEN program in a large health authority. This set of measures will include perceptions of program performance and objective measures of program compliance. These measures will then be validated in a cross-sectional study against departmental NSI rates. The research project involves a participatory action research methodology involving Canadian Registered Nurses that use SENs as a regular part of their work in various acute care units across the organization. Qualitative analysis will be used to develop a measurement scale of SEN program performance, and standard quantitative methods for scale validation and cross-sectional sub-sample comparisons. Objective measures of program performance will also be captured, and an assessment of convergent validity will be conducted in comparing scale scores and captured objective measures to rates of NSIs in the work environments, sick time usage and overtime usage.