AASPA Policies

Policy Statement on Sharps Safety

The AASPA endorses the following Council on Surgical and Perioperative Safety Safe Surgical Principle regarding sharps safety: "The CSPS endorses sharps safety measures to prevent injury during perioperative care. Sharps safety measures should include double-gloving, blunt suture needles for fascial closure, and the neutral zone when appropriate to avoid hand to hand passage of sharps."

The following are linked resources gleaned from the CSPS website regarding sharps safety:


Public Health Issue of Guns in Our Society

The recent tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut have served to underscore the tremendous public health issue of gun violence in our nation. As a profession dedicated to the wellbeing, health and safety of our patients, AASPA believes that intelligent, effective, enforceable and public safety guided gun control policies must be in place across our nation.

AASPA has submitted a resolution to have a national PA voice on gun control to be debated at the AAPA Annual CME Meeting in May, 2013.

Our Policy and Resolution Proposal


CAGV letter