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    Title: Phlebotomy needle with "Self-Blunting" safety feature
    Type: Text Slide with Image
    Content: Illustration of phlebotomy needles with "self-blunting" safety feature showing both protected and unprotected positions

    Speaker Notes:

    After final tube of blood is drawn, blunt internal hub is activated by forward pressure of vacuum tube, blunting needle before it is removed from patient.

    Blunting may occur accidentally or deliberately with the first tube, if pushed into the blunting activation mechanism.

    If the needle is blunted prematurely, it cannot be used again or repositioned.

    Activated (used) syringe must then be placed in sharps box and treated as regulated waste.

    Note: The standard prohibits the removal of a needle, unless it is medically necessary. After single use, the device must be deposited in a sharps container.