European Guidelines: Needlestick Directive
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Types of Safety Engineered Devices

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Needleless connector systems
Connectors use devices other than needles to connect one IV to another - example shows the plunger-type s.

Retracting finger prick lancets
Single use lancet retracts automatically after use, containing and removing the hazard.

Self re-sheathing and protective sheaths
The sleeve is located over the barrel of the syringe with the needle exposed for use. After the device is used, the user slides the sleeve forward over the needle where it locks in place and provides a guard around the used needle.

Sliding or hinged needle shields attached to disposable syringes.

A blunt cannula seated inside a phlebotomy needle is advanced beyond the needle tip before the needle is withdrawn from the vein.

Retractable needles or blades
Needles of sharps that retract into a syringe or back into the device.

Safety scalpels
Single use disposable scalpels with a shield that is advanced forward over the blade after use, containing and removing the hazard.

Winged infusion devices
A one-piece system with permanently attached needle, and a safety mechanism deisgned to prevent accidental needlestick injuries.

Huber Needles
Designed with a deflected/non-coring point to eliminate the potential of "coring", or cutting a plug from the silicone septum of a vascular port.

Sharps transfer
Facilitates hands-free transfer, providing for safe placement and retrieval of sharps.

Sharps Disposal
Provision of sharps disposal equipment should be as close as possible to the areas where sharps are being used or found.


Images of safety engineered devices adapted from the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration hazards/sharps. These drawings are presented for educational purposes and do not imply endorsement of a particular product.

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