Designed to provide a safer working environment for healthcare workers
Compliant with the NEW EU directive 7318/10 & 8491/10
DID YOU KNOW?
- In the UK there are 40,000 needlestick injuries reported each year with at least as many unreported.
- These potentially cost the NHS up to £500,000 per trust annually.
- Needlesticks and sharps injuries account for 17% of accidents to NHS staff.
- Needlestick injuries are the second most common cause of injury in the NHS.
The Government published a new and specific Code of Practice for the prevention and control of
healthcare associated infection, which requires NHS bodies to implement policies that encompass "the
provision of medical devices incorporating sharps protection mechanisms." It places a new statutory duty
on NHS healthcare organisations to make arrangements to put the provisions of the Code into practice.
On May 11th 2013 a new EU directive came into force banning the re-capping of needles.
It states where available use of sharps protection devices for procedures should be used.