We all read about the terrible road tolls that affect our modern life.
Every day the same stark reality of yet another death on the roads tempts us to look away, forcing advertising agencies to use increasingly violent images to get our attention.
But today with modern technologies and advances in trauma medicine, more people now survive car accidents. The cost of surviving can be devastating to the survivor and their family in both personal and financial ways.
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Having an accident at work is something we all want to avoid.
Nobody plans to have a workplace accident, but the difficult truth is, even when we minimise the risks, some workplaces are just plain dangerous and unpredictable.
Each year medical professionals working in hospitals, clinics or at accident scenes are routinely exposed to dangerous life-changing risks.
These intense and often high pressure environments can change in the blink of an eye. The risk of accidental exposure to Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C or even the HIV virus through a needlestick or sharps injury, is a constant danger.
Each year in Australia over 18,000 needlestick or sharps injuries are recorded with 1 in every 9 nurses reporting ‘they’ve suffered a needlestick or sharps injury within the last 12 months’.