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needlestick injuries

Needlestick injuries are a significant cause of risk to front line healthcare professionals (1). According to CDC estimates, approximately 384,000 needlestick injuries occur in the U.S. annually. In the U.S. 85% of all needlestick injuries that led to a disease involved the use of hollow needles (2). At the highest end, lifetime costs for a needlestick injury can amount to as much as $1.7 million should the patient contract Hepatitis C and require a liver transplant (3). Such is the risk to healthcare professionals, recent laws and regulations have been enacted that mandate the use of safety engineered needles (4). Despite these recent legislative changes, some procedures involving hollow bore needles still do not have the range or quality of safety devices available for healthcare providers.

The increasing calls for legislative solutions encouraging the mandatory use of safety devices highlights the potential for growth in this market, especially as many hospitals still do not carry such devices in their inventory (5). FKD aims to address this shortcoming with our product.

the fkd safety tip

To meet the needs of this market, FKD has designed a safety needle tip that addresses needlestick issues by minimizing intra-procedure risk through superiority of design. The device is lightweight, requires no assembly by the user and is not bulky. Our product is superior to it’s competitors in that it safeties the needle the instant that a patient is pricked, something that is unique for this group of blood draw devices. The FKD safety tip does not cost significantly more than other existing safety needle designs.

This device is of particular use for procedures with a high risk of needlestick injury – such as arterial blood gas sampling or ABG, which involves taking a sample of blood from an artery. Almost half of these needlestick injuries occur during the procedure itself (6).  The FKD safety tip is also useful for reducing the risk during femoral vein or arterial blood sampling, conventional venous blood draws and intramuscular/subcutaneous injections (e.g. vaccinations).

references

  1. “WorkSafeBC.” OHS Guidelines Part 6 Substance Specific Requirements. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Apr. 2013.

  2. Sawyer, Mel, Edward Putnins, J. D. Waterfield, and N. D. Ruse. “Preventing Needle Stick Injuries and the Use of Dental Safety Syringes.” WorkSafeBC Focus on Tomorrow 2009 – FINAL REPORT (2010): n. pag. Print.

  3. “Important Facts on Needlestick Injuries.” Becton Dickinson and Company, 2010. Web. 2 Apr. 2013.

  4. “Occupational Health and Safety Act – O. Reg. 474/07.” Occupational Health and Safety Act – O. Reg. 474/07. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Apr. 2013.

  5. Needlestick Injuries: The Point of Prevention. London: Royal College of Nursing, 2009. Print.

  6. Jagger, Janine. “ABG Syringes Associated with More Injuries During Procedure.” Advances in Exposure Prevention 2.1 (1995): 5. Print.

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