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Operating Room Sharps Safety

The Bloodborne pathogen standard only permits recapping of contaminated needles under very specific and limited circumstances where no alternative is feasible, or that such action is required by a specific medical procedure, such as with incremental doses of medication or the injection of radioactive materials.  When recapping must be performed, it must be accomplished by the use of a mechanical device or one-handed technique.  Training must emphasize the need to use this as a one-handed recapping device.

ETHIGUARD BLUNT POINT NEEDLES



ETHIGUARD Blunt Point Needle meets the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act standards

  • A 2007 Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) bulletin states that8:
    — OSHA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health strongly recommend the use of blunt-tip suture needles in surgical procedures to reduce the risk of percutaneous injuries to surgical personnel
    — Employers in workplaces that use suture needles must evaluate their use according to the Bloodborne Pathogens standard of blunt-tip suture needles

  • The American College of Surgeons declared in 2005 that8:
    — “All published studies to date have demonstrated that the use of blunt suture needles can substantially reduce or eliminate needle-stick injuries from surgical needles.”

ETHIGUARD* Blunt Point Needles

Protect yourself and your patients—without compromising performance

Better protection from needlestick injuries
ETHIGUARD Blunt Point Needle is an innovative solution that helps protect you and your patients from needlestick injuries, providing you with a better needle option.

 

A solution to a costly problem

  • Over 384,000 healthcare workers in the US suffer needlestick injuries each year, putting them at risk for hepatitis, HIV, and other serious diseases2

  • The annual cost of needlestick injuries to hospitals is approximately$258 million 
    — The follow-up costs for high-risk exposure needlestick injury is almost $3,000 even if no infection occurs

  • A 2007 New England Journal of Medicine study report found that99% of surgical residents had at least one needlestick injury by their final year of training—53% involving high-risk patients

  • Four prospective randomized trials have demonstrated notable benefits from use of blunt suture needles

  • ETHIGUARD Blunt Point Needles and conventional taper point needles both have a 12:1 taper ratio

Choose protection without compromising performance
Decrease the incidence of injury

  • Blunt-point geometry allows for easy soft-tissue penetration

Minimize bleeding and tissue trauma

  • ETHIGUARD Blunt Point Needle does not cause any more additional bleeding or patient trauma than a conventional taper needle7

  • Its heat-treated, stainless steel alloy delivers optimal strength and ductility to resist bending and breaking

Use with ease

  • ETHIGUARD Blunt Point Needle is proven to be effective and user-friendly7

Increase precision

  • A ribbed and flattened body affords stability in the needle holder, for improved protection against slipping

"Though cost is often cited as a factor for not using safer devices, it is actually a savings when you consider the cost of treating the individual once a [needlestick] injury occurs.” 
 

 

The value you need with the protection they deserve

 

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NeedleVISE® sharps securing system

Steps:

Before starting the procedure, place the procedure tray on a flat, stable surface within the sterile field and make sure that the NeedleVISE® sharps securing system is securely mounted in an upright position within the tray.

Immediately following use of a needle and while still being held with one hand away from the sharp end, firmly insert the sharp end using a rotating motion into the NeedleVISE® until the needle is secure. Make sure to KEEP YOUR FREE HAND AWAY FROM THE NEEDLEVISE® SHARPS SECURING SYSTEM DURING INSERTION. This action will lock the needle firmly into the NeedleVISE® device. In some instances,
an uncontaminated needle, once captured within the NeedleVISE® sharps securing system, may have the of a new needle onto the syringe for use on the same patient.

Once the procedure is completed, the NeedleVISE® sharps securing system with secured sharps should be removed from the procedure tray and placed in a sharps container.

Atrion NeedleVISE® 1-Port

The NeedleVISE® sharps securing system is a multiple needle, single patient procedure use, disposable device used for securing the specialized needles found in procedural trays. The NeedleVISE® sharps securing system has internal one-way metal clips for retaining up to 5 used 17-27 Gauge sharps.

The NeedleVISE® sharps securing system is intended for use in sterile procedure trays within the sterile field as a sharps securing device for contaminated specialized needles that do not have integral engineered sharps safety devices.

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Atrion NeedleVISE® Large-Bore Sharps Securing Device

Steps:

Place the NeedleVISE® Large-Bore Sharps Securing Device on a flat stable surface.

Immediately following use of a needle and while still holding it with one hand away from the sharp end, firmly insert the sharp pointed tip straight down into the opening in the NeedleVISE® Large-Bore Sharps Securing Device until it stops, making sure to KEEP YOUR FREE HAND AWAY FROM THE SHARPS SECURING DEVICE DURING INSERTION.  This action will lock the needle firmly into the sharps securing device.

Dispose of used NeedleVISE® Large-Bore Sharps Securing Device with secured sharps in an approved sharps container.

 

Atrion NeedleVISE® 5-Port

The Atrion NeedleVISE® Large-Bore Sharps Securing Device is a single needle, single patient procedure use, disposable device used for securing contaminated needles.  The NeedleVISE® Large-Bore Sharps Securing Device has an internal one-way metal clip for retaining the used sharp.

 

The NeedleVISE® Large-Bore Sharps Securing Device is intended for use in various clinical procedures as a sharps securing device for contaminated needles when an integral sharps safety system is not available.

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ACCUCount® Needle Counter
Immediately following the use of a sharp, place the point of the needle into the adhesive gel. 

The ACCUCount® is intended to count sharps after use.  Do not attempt to remove sharps once secured in the ACCUCount® NEEDLE COUNTER.

 

ACCUCount® Needle Counter

The ACCUCount® Needle Counter is recommended for use as a needle counter during surgical procedures.

  • Adhesive gel grabs and grips sharps

  • Eliminates hooking motion that can lead to carpal tunnel

  • Ideal for smaller needles that get lost in foam devices

  • Large magnetic pad for scalpel blades

  • One-step, locking latch

  • Yellow color simplifies needle counting

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