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Title: Do Safer Needle Devices Prevent Injury?
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All needlestick injuries are not preventable, but research has shown that almost 83% of injuries from hollow bore needles can be prevented (Ippolito et al, 1997). Many of these needlesticks can be prevented by using devices which have needles with safety features or eliminate the use of needles altogether (e.g., needleless IV systems, self re-sheathing needles, blunted phlebotomy needles, and blunted surgical needles).
Most current research is hospital based and studies have indicated that a significant portion of needlestick injuries occur when manipulating IV lines or administering IV and IM injections (Jagger, 1988). In 1992, the FDA published a safety alert regarding the use of hypodermic needles as a connection between two pieces of IV equipment. The FDA said that secondary IV tubing with connector needles was associated with the highest risk of needlestick injury. The use of needleless IV systems or systems with recessed needles to connect adjoining equipment was strongly encouraged in this alert .