Some of these safety devices include blunt suture needles, needle less devices, shielded needles and the use of plastic tubes. When these devices are shown to effectively reduce or eliminate the hazard, they must be used.
Below is a list of design features relating to needle systems the FDA has identified and OSHA feels are important to reducing hazards of accidental injury:
1. In order to provide a barrier between the hands and the needle before, during and after use, a fixed safety feature should be included in the design.
2. This safety feature should be an integral part of the device and not a removable accessory.
3. The safety feature should be in effect before disassembly and should remain in effect after disposal to protect the user and those that handle the trash.
4. The safety feature should be simple, requiring little or no training for effective use.