Addressing the Risk of Needlestick Injuries

Needlestick injuries are a major risk to the safety of healthcare providers. Such injuries may expose you and your co-workers to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HBC) and other microorganisms that can cause infection.1
 
The statistics tell the story:
  • Hospital-based healthcare providers experience 385,000 needlesticks and other sharps-related injuries annually2
  • Each needlestick costs an estimated $500 to $3000 for initial post-exposure treatment3  
  • Even when needlesticks don't transmit infection, the distress they may cause can't be overestimated2  
 
A needlestick injury may not be your fault. Most needlesticks result from unsafe devices, not practitioner handling.4  In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that safer medical devices can decrease needlestick injuries related to IV administration by 62% to 88%.5
 
To help you care for patients with greater confidence, we offer a range of needleless IV equipment and infusion therapy devices:
  • LifeShield ™ Premier IV Safety System
    LifeShield™ needle-free systems are designed to enhance the safety of healthcare professionals and patients while helping to optimize workflow efficiency. LifeShield products include:
  • iSecure™ Syringes
    These needle-free disposable syringes are prefilled and ready-to-use. Their simple preparation requires no ancillary supplies, which helps to streamline workflow and lower injection costs.
  • Ansyr™  Syringes
    Ansyr™ Syringes, which feature proprietary one-piece polypropylene plastic construction and needle-free luer lock tips, can deliver an extensive portfolio of emergency medications.
  • FirstChoice™ Premixes
    Our ready-to-use premixes are an excellent choice for avoiding traditional admixing and the associated risks.
  • ADD-Vantage™ System
    The ADD-Vantage design keeps drug and diluent separate until the system is activated just prior to administration.


Defining Safety at the National Level

Federal revisions to the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act added needlestick prevention as an important factor in measuring OSHA compliance. We have partnered with the Safe Injection Practices Coalition to ensure our needleless devices and infusion systems meet recognized standards for your safety and patient protection. The Coalition, a partnership of healthcare-related organizations led by the CDC, was formed to promote safe injection practices in U.S. healthcare settings.

  1. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. NIOSH Alert: Preventing Needlestick Injuries in Health Care Settings. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health; 1999. NIOSH publication 2000-108. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/2000-108/. Accessed September 6, 2011.
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Workbook for Designing, Implementing and Evaluating a Sharps Injury Prevention Program. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/sharpssafety/resources.html. Accessed March 14, 2012.
  3. United States General Accounting Office. November 17, 2000. Occupational Safety: Selected Cost and Benefit Implications of Needlestick Prevention Devices for Hospitals. www.gao.gov/new.items/d0160r.pdf. Accessed February 28, 2012.
  4. Crown-Cyr A. Needlestick injuries prompt new awareness. Job Safety & Health Quarterly. 1998;(9)4:20-26. Available at http://www.osha.gov/Publications/JSHQ/jshq-v9-4-summer1998.pdf. Accessed February 23, 2012.
  5. Occupation Safety and Health Administration. Healthcare wide hazards: needlestick/sharps injuries. Available at http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/hospital/hazards/sharps/sharps.html#safer. Accessed February 23, 2012.