Each year on average, healthcare professionals (HCP) estimate ±1.2 million needlestick injuries (NSI) – in Europe alone.1 The number on a global scale is certainly higher, not to mention the underestimations: not all NSI’s are necessarily expressed or recorded, either in medical centers and home care settings.
The economic impact associated with NSI is estimated to average $747 per NSI (in 2015).² Testing, worker’s compensation, corrective treatments – These are pressures in their own right.
But the highest cost? The serious and potentially life-long medical consequences as a result of unintended exposure: HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, etc.
Even the uncertainty as one awaits results after a NSI may result in increased emotional stress and loss of work.²
Nipro is committed to helping protect you (and your teams) from needlestick injuries.
Our Safetouch™ portfolio offers a range of different high quality needles with safety devices. Reduce the risk of NSI without having to change puncture technique thanks to safety products that can be activated in-vein and/or with one hand.
From winged needle sets to hypodermic needles, blood collection sets to IV catheters – Explore Nipro’s diverse portfolio of hospital products with safety mechanism:
Safety that’s simple, straightforward, and self-evident.
In addition to our products, Nipro is committed to helping you find resources on NSI prevention. Here are some links to assist you in establishing effective risk assessment and prevention programs.
- Directive on the protection of workers from risks related to exposure to biological agents at work: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32000L0054&from=EN
- Directive on the introduction of measures to encourage improvements in the safety and health of workers: https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:31989L0391&from=EN
- Implementation guideline for the prevention of sharps injuries: https://www.europeanbiosafetynetwork.eu/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/EU-Sharps-Injuries-Implementation-Guidance.pdf
- EU-OSHA E-facts: Risk assessment and needlestick injuries: https://www.europeanbiosafetynetwork.eu/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/efact40.pdf
- De Raeve P., Sharps Injuries - Stepping Up to the Challenge in Europe, EFN
- Cooke C E and Stephens J M, Clinical, economic, and humanistic burden of needlestick injuries in healthcare workers, 29 Sept 2017, Medical Devices: Evidence and Research