Section: Excess profit carry forward
1. The Legislature finds and declares that:
a. The use of conventional needles results in increased risk of HIV infection and hepatitis B and C to health care workers;
b. Each year, from 150 to 200 health care workers die and many suffer chronic and debilitating diseases due to needle stick injuries;
c. Equipment exists to prevent most injuries that result from needle stick injuries but overall concern with cutting health care costs has impeded the widespread use of advanced, safer technology; and
d. Newer, safer needle technology should be adopted in health care facilities.
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