Preventing Needlestick Injuries (Microlearning)

09-20-2023 01:42 PM

Course Description

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that there are over 8 million healthcare workers in the United States who may come into contact with infected blood through various means. One of the most dangerous ways is through needlestick injuries after the needle has been contaminated by use. This course aims to address the issue of needlestick prevention by covering recent government regulations, safety devices and techniques and guidance on avoiding needlestick injuries.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the course, the learner will be able to:

  • Identify viruses and infections that can be spread through needlestick injuries

  • Discuss efforts that have been made to prevent needlestick injuries and increase safety for healthcare workers

  • Recall the criteria that safer needle devices should meet

  • Review terminology related to needlestick injuries

  • Describe the measures that must be taken to prevent needlestick injuries

Intended Audience

This educational activity was developed for nurses and healthcare professionals.

Course Information

This is a microlearning course. Microlearning is an approach to learning new information in small segments of 3-15 minutes in length. This course is mobile-friendly!

There is no CE associated with this course. A certificate of completion is awarded, but no contact hours are awarded. If you are interested in earning CE, navigate to and complete the full version of this course.

Course Authors

This course was created by Brenda Kozak, DNP, MSN, RN, CNE. Brenda earned her doctorate in nursing practice and is a certified nurse educator. Brenda has over 20 years of clinical experience in nursing practice.