Thousand Oaks, CA (PRWEB) July 13, 2012
Marea Enterprises founder of NeedleTape®, an innovative and proprietary medical tape that combines enhanced needle fixation with a safety alert, is now expanding its portfolio by releasing a needle safety protocol titled, A Recommended Universal Protocol for Preventing Needlesticks to Allied Healthcare Workers in Perioperative Settings Where Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring with Subdermal Needles is Performed. The protocol is a comprehensive document outlining strategies for IONM personnel to help reduce needlestick injuries within surgical settings. The accompanying Needle Count Sheet is designed as a simple, functional and complimentary tool that provides information in surgical settings for needle management.
“These two unique and proprietary tools are designed to augment the release of NeedleTape® earlier this year and address the ongoing and increasing issue of needlestick injuries in healthcare settings. Unfortunately, we continue to see high levels of needlestick injuries more than ten years after federal legislation was passed despite a well stated intention to reduce the incidence of NSI. Some of these ongoing needlesticks may be due to inadequate technology solutions and inconsistent needlestick safety practices. While our initial focus has been on other healthcare sectors, we have discovered that many needlesticks occur in IONM. Our goal at Marea Enterprises will be to continue to develop strategies and recommended practices that assist in reducing the incidence of this serious and significant issue,“ says Grace Padilla, president of Marea Enterprises.
The Needle Safety Protocol, Needle Count Sheet and NeedleTape® are designed to help mitigate the nearly 350,000 inadvertent needlesticks to U.S. healthcare workers that occur each year. Each of these needlesticks has the potential to cause cross-contamination between patients and healthcare workers via bloodborne pathogens including Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV.
The mission of Marea Enterprises Inc., is to create and deploy public healthcare solutions that are differentiated by use, application and the ability to provide safer procedural environments which in turn can lead to better health outcomes. To access these tools and to learn about NeedleTape® visit http://www.needletape.com.