The deadline for Sharps Compliance’s scholarship essay is quickly approaching. Essays and applications are due by Sunday, May 31. More details can be found here.
Twice a year Sharps Compliance awards three scholarships to students studying healthcare. The essay topic for the Fall semester’s contest is below.
Topic: Single-Use Device Infections
Nosocomial infections, or HAI (hospital-acquired infections), pose both operational and legal issues for healthcare providers. The reuse of devices intended and engineered for single use is common, particularly with regards to expensive scopes utilized in diagnostic and interventional procedures. Nosocomial infections arising from the reuse of scopes is a well-documented problem, though the FDA allows for the reuse of such devices. Please explain which metrics healthcare providers and regulatory bodies should consider when weighing the cost-to-benefit implications in the reuse of single-use instruments.
Winners will be announced on Friday, June 19, 2020.