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Title: Reduction in Needlestick Injuries
Type: Text and Picture Slide
Source: MMWR, 1997
The first study showed that blunt suture needles may
reduce the likelihood of a needlestick during surgery by as much as
86%. The second study found that safer needles for
drawing blood may reduce needlesticks to health care workers by 27%
Some devices, however, have not been well-accepted in the clinical setting or have not been associated with a significant decrease in injury rate. These results may be explained by lack of training, lack of support for change in the clinical setting (Chiarello, 1992), or by inadequate design of the device.
While all major medical device manufacturers market devices with safety features, no standard criteria exist for evaluating the safety claims of these features. Employers implementing needlestick prevention programs should evaluate the effectiveness of various devices in their specific setting.