Enforcement of policy and legislation, better surveillance and reporting systems, ongoing training, and promoting a culture of workplace safety were the key messages from experts speaking at the “Safety First: Moving the needle on health care worker safety” live event, which coincided with the 75th session of the U.N. General Assembly.
The event, co-hosted by Devex and BD, focused on health worker safety — particularly regarding needlestick injuries and exposure to hazardous drugs, still a worryingly common occurrence. Panelists noted how the current pandemic highlighted these risks.
“[T]he bottom line is health workers should not have to put their own lives at risk to save the lives of others. Each health worker is precious, and at times like the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014, or now with COVID-19, this kind of comes to