NEEDLE STICK SAFETY - 10 YEARS LATER
Every year more than 300,000 reported needlestick injuries happen in the United States. Most safety needles and syringes in the market today are basically ‘retrofitted’ traditional needles. It is because of this lack of improved design that the decline in accidental needle stick injuries has been less than optimal. There is major concern over the lack of safety within hospitals nationwide. In recent studies, needle stick injuries (NSI) have only reduced 31% after almost 12 years of new laws and ‘Safety’ products being introduced.
Other studies continue to show almost 80% of NSI’s happen before, during or after an injection. In the same study, 26% of NSI’s were sustained through garbage bags. The combination of ‘manual’ safety products and the increased workload put on the healthcare worker, contributes to the overall apathy which leads to continued NSI’s.
The industry needs an automatic safe needle design which doesn’t require additional training or manual steps to make a significant impact on the national issue of NSI’s.
Tremendous concern over needlestick injuries
The overwhelming majority of U.S. directors of infection control surveyed say they worry about needlestick injury prevention among clinicians. In fact, second only to back strains (44%), the occupational hazard directors are most concerned about is needlesticks (39%)
82% of directors of infection control nationwide believe accidental needlestick injuries remain a significant, serious hazard. So what can be done to protect a healthcare worker from a needlestick injury?
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Each year 365,000 sharp-related injuries are sustained by hospital-based healthcare personnel.