NEEDLESTICK INJURY SAFETY PROTECTION
Needlestick legislation was adopted in the United States in 2000-2001.
Still more than 300,000 sharps injuries in the U.S. annually*
Safety devices have resulted in marked reductions in PI (percutaneous injury) rates but it is clear they can be misused.
Non-activation of safety feature of needles with safety design still appears greater than 70% (EPINet data 2001-2007)
Continuing efforts should focus on new design and technology to help compliance and misuse.
The passive design of the Med-LokTM eliminates the risk of needlestick injury exposure
*2010 Sharps Safety Guide: “A decade of sticking points. Sharps injury preventions progress blunted by lingering, persistent problems” Jeannie Akridge, Healthcare Purchasing News, December 2010
Data available at:
“International Healthcare Worker Safety Center, University of Virginia, U.S.
EPINet Sharps Injury and Body Fluid ExposureSurveillance Research Group, Sharps injury.”
Report for 2001, 58 hospitals contributing data, 1,929 total exposures*
Report for 2007, 29 hospitals contributing data, 951 total exposures*
*report available at