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AMERICAN NURSES ASSOCIATION TO TESTIFY AT HEARING ON HEALTH CARE WORKERS' EXPOSURE TO INFECTIOUS DISEASES

 AMERICAN NURSES ASSOCIATION TO TESTIFY AT HEARING
 ON HEALTH CARE WORKERS' EXPOSURE TO INFECTIOUS DISEASES
 WHO: Barbara Russell, RN, MPH, CIC, chairperson, ANA's Task
 Force on AIDS
 WHAT: Hearing to review the failure of federal workplace safety
 regulations to protect health care workers from the
 spread of life-threatening diseases.
 WHERE: House of Representatives Small Business Subcommittee on
 Regulation and Business Opportunities, 2359 Rayburn House
 Office Building, South Capitol Street and Independence
 Avenue, S.E., Washington.
 WHEN: Friday, Feb. 7, 10 a.m.
 Concerned about health care workers' exposure to life-threatening diseases, Rep. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has called a hearing to investigate federal workplace safety regulations that should better protect nurses and others while on the job.
 Barbara Russell, RN, MPH, CIC, chairperson of the American Nurses Association's (ANA) Task Force on AIDS, will represent ANA and its 53 state and territorial nurses associations in her testimony before the House Small Business Subcommittee on Friday. Russell will testify also on behalf of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, the Association of Operating Room Nurses and the Emergency Nurses Association.
 "Needlestick injuries are a fact of life in the profession of nursing," states Russell in her testimony. "However, in the face of the AIDS epidemic and the prevalence of hepatitis B, needlesticks have become far more anxiety inducing." Russell notes in her testimony that the greatest risk of transmission of infectious agents to health care workers results from injuries from needles and other sharp instruments.
 "Despite knowing that data show a 0.4 percent chance of infection with HIV following a needlestick or cut with a sharp object, nurses are human and have fears like anyone else," Russell states.
 Russell makes recommendations that will improve the safety of health care workers and reduce the risk of transmission of infectious agents. Her recommendations include research and development of devices and equipment intended to reduce the risk of injury from "sharps," consistent and strict use of universal precautions, enforcement of, and compliance with, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's bloodborne standard and intensive education of consumer and health care professionals regarding the transmission of bloodborne diseases.
 CONTACT: Cindy Yeast of the American Nurses Association, 202-789-1404, ext. 207.
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