Key Opinion Leaders


Advocates are largely responsible for the significant changes in needlestick safety and prevention over the past 20 years.  In fact, it was a collection of nurses and advocates whose efforts led to the adoption of the Federal Needlestick Prevention and Safety Act of 2000.  Notable advocates and key opinion leaders in needlestick safety and prevention and a summary of their efforts are presented below.

Karen Daley – one of the leading voices in the needlestick safety and prevention movement. Played a critical role in supporting the passage of the 2000 Needlestick Prevention and Safety Act of 2000. Currently President of the American Nurses Association.

Janine Jagger – Epidemiologist, inventor, safety device advocate and founder of the EpiNet surveillance system.  Dr. Jagger revolutionized the reporting and subsequent research surrounding unintended needlesticks through EpiNet at the University of Virginia’s International Healthcare Worker Safety Center, which she is the founder.

Mary Foley – Played a pivotal role in the passage of the 2000 Federal Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act, having been a nurse during the HIV/AIDS epidemic in San Francisco.  Currently, she is the Director of the Center for Nursing Research at UCSF and Chairwoman of Safe In Common, a needlestick advocacy organization.

Ron Stoker – A bio-engineer with extensive experience in the medical device industry. Established the leading online resource surrounding surrounding sharps safety medical devices, ISIPS-International Sharps Injury Prevention Society.

Susan Wilburn – Currently serves as a Technical Officer in Occupational and Environmental Health with the World Health Organization.  She has worked on behalf of nurses and nursing for the past 20 years, at the local, state, national, and international level.  Her previous work includes as a specialist for the American Nurses Association (ANA) and the International Council of Nurses.

Jane Hurst Legal nurse consultant recently authored highly important articles on the topic of venous needle dislodgement in dialysis settings.

Peter Pronovost – Highly accomplished and influential leader in patient safety. Currently serves as medical director John’s Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Advocacy. Most notably known for his scientifically proven method (checklist protocol) for reducing infections associated with central line catheters.