The safety problems
bloodborne pathogen exposures plaguing healthcare
Unsafe safety products
Safe in Name Only,
some so-called "safety" needle devices are, in reality, just as dangerous as their non-safety predecessors; in fact, some are even more so. Some of these ill-conceived "safety" devices actually increase the number of needlestick injuries.1
Some clinicians, fearful of getting stuck, often intentionally don't activate the "safety" feature.2
Catheter-Related Bloodstream Infections
"Shortly after their introduction in the early 1990s, needleless connectors were associated with rising rates of CRBSI
[catheter-related bloodstream infections]."3
The luer tip of a standard syringe is exposed to the risk of contact (or touch) contamination by healthcare personnel, as well as through contact with any unsterile surface. Since the luer tip directly interfaces with the access port
, contamination of the luer tip has the potential for contaminating the access port and infusate, which increases the risk of nosocomial infections, such as bloodstream infections.
Worldwide needlestick injuries cause millions of exposures annually
to HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and many other bloodborne diseases. It is estimated that over 320,000 needlestick injuries occur every year
in the United States.4
There are more than 20 bloodborne pathogens
that can be transmitted by needlestick injuries.
Syringe reuse is a worldwide problem and can result in the spread of bloodborne pathogens. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 40%
of the 16 billion
injections administered worldwide annually involve reused, unsterilized syringes and needles, with rates of unsafe injections climbing to 70%
in some countries.5
The reuse of injection equipment is responsible worldwide for 32%
of new HBV infections, 40%
of new HCV infections, and 5%
of all new HIV infections.6
Our safety solutions
innovative products to address your safety needs
uniquely designed injection devices
RTI's automated retraction technology found in VanishPoint®
devices effectively reduces the risk of a contaminated sharps injury and reuse.
patient safe® luer guard devices
The innovative luer guard design promotes safe handling of syringe and medication by reducing the risk of luer tip contact contamination. It also reduces the risk of catheter hub contamination.
VanishPoint® blood collection devices
Automated in-vein retraction blood collection devices effectively reduce the risk of needlestick injuries, blood exposure, and inadvertent activation during blood collection.
VanishPoint® Infusion devices
RTI infusion devices contain integrated safety mechanisms that automatically retract the introducer needle, which remains safely retracted inside the housing, reducing the risk of a needlestick injury.
Needle safety legislation
The Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act (Public Law 106-430) was signed into U.S. law on November 6, 2000. The Act directed OSHA to revise its Bloodborne Pathogens Standard (29 CFR 1919.1030). The U.S. Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published the revised standard on January 18, 2001; it took effect on April 18, 2001. see more
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