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Needlestick-prevention devices. Disposable syringes and injection needles.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  14658139     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Needlestick-prevention devices (NPDs) are an essential tool for protecting healthcare workers from injuries that could result in exposure to bloodborne pathogens. More than a dozen NPD varieties are available. They generally take the same form as conventional (nonsafety) sharps but incorporate some type of safety design--for example, a shield or a needle-retracting mechanism. In this Evaluation, we focus on protective devices that are used in place of conventional syringes and injection needles--namely, disposable protective syringes and needle guards. We tested 14 products from 8 suppliers. We give Preferred ratings to three products, all of which are needle-retracting syringes. When used correctly, these devices provide the best protection available. However, their primary safety advantage--preremoval activation--can be negated if the user chooses to activate the safety mechanism after removing the needle from the patient. For many facilities, one of the seven models we rate Acceptable might be a better choice. We caution that our ratings should not be the sole basis of a purchase decision. Staff members need to conduct a hands-on assessment of the available products to identify those that best meet their needs. We also stress that any NPD--even one we rate Not Recommended--is preferable to using no protective device at all.
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Evaluation Studies; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Health devices     Volume:  32     ISSN:  0046-7022     ISO Abbreviation:  Health Devices     Publication Date:  2003 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-12-08     Completed Date:  2004-02-12     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1262063     Medline TA:  Health Devices     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  333-64     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Attitude of Health Personnel
Blood-Borne Pathogens*
Communicable Disease Control* / instrumentation,  methods
Decision Making, Organizational
Disposable Equipment / standards
Equipment Design
Needles / standards*,  supply & distribution
Needlestick Injuries / prevention & control*
Protective Devices / standards,  supply & distribution
Syringes / standards*,  supply & distribution

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