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University of Iowa News Release

Nov. 29, 2005

UI Nurse Honored For Preventing Sharps Injuries

An international organization dedicated to preventing injuries to health care professionals caused by needles and other sharp medical instruments recently announced awards for persons committed to reducing such injuries, including a nursing specialist at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

Renee Gould, an advanced practice nurse in the Medical Services Division in the Department of Nursing Services and Patient Care at UI Hospitals and Clinics, is one of six specialists honored with the award from the International Sharps Injury Prevention Society (ISIPS). The ISIPS 2005 Sharps Injury Prevention Awards honor individuals who have demonstrated creative, consistent contributions to the field of preventing sharps-related injuries.

During the past 15 years, Gould has been instrumental in the evaluation and implementation of sharps injury prevention products in use at UI Hospitals and Clinics. Gould has spoken on sharps injury prevention and safety products for a variety of audiences, from local Rotary Clubs to the Governor of Iowa's Needlestick Study Group. She educates hospital staff on the products available to reduce their risk of injury.

Gould often serves as a consultant to others, both inside and outside the hospital. For her dedicated service in sharps injury prevention, Gould received the Improving Your Workplace Award from the UI in 2001 for "being instrumental in evaluating, disseminating, educating and supporting the use of safety products to decrease needlestick work-related injuries through the implementation of sharps safety products."

ISIPS, the first international needlestick prevention group, announced the awards as part of the International Sharps Injury Prevention Awareness Month activities to be observed during December 2005, starting with World AIDS Day on Dec. 1.

An additional 34 recipients received honorable mention awards. For complete information on the recipients, go to

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