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Title: Hypodermic syringes with "Self-Sheathing" safety feature
Type: Text Slide with Image
Content: Illustration of hypodermic syringes with "self-sheathing" safety feature showing both protected and unprotected positions
NOTE: The devices pictured in the next few slides are meant to serve as examples of devices that are currently available, this is not an exhaustive list, nor is it meant to favor one device over another. OSHA does not approve, endorse, register, or certify any medical devices.
Needle guard has protected sliding sheath (with some designs the shield must be twisted to engage the lock).
To safely activate the sheath, hold back of syringe in one hand, hold external sheath with other and pull back on the syringe so the sheath is left covering needle. This is better than advancing the sheath forward; if hands slip, a stick may result.
Activated (used) syringe must then be placed in a sharps box, as device activation is considered to be a temporary safety measure, and treated as regulated waste.
[Device drawings courtesy of International Health Care Worker Safety Center, University of Virginia]