European Guidelines: Needlestick Directive
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Choosing Safety Devices

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When selecting and evaluating a safety device the following features should be considered:

  • The device must not compromise patient care.
  • The device must perform reliably.
  • The safety mechanism must be an integral part of the safety device, not a separate accessory.
  • It should be easy to use and require little change of technique.
  • Activation of the device must be convenient and allow the care-giver to maintain appropriate control over the procedure.
  • The device must not create other safety hazards or sources of blood exposures.
  • Single-handed or automatic activation is preferred.
  • Activation must manifest itself by means of an audible, tactile or visual sign.
  • Not reversible once activated.


Ref: Safer Needle Network/Partnership for Occupational Safety and Health in Health Care, 2010


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