FDA, NIOSH, and OSHA Recommend Blunt-Tip Suture Needles to Reduce Needlesticks

August 1, 2012 | Evaluations & Guidance


FDA, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently issued an alert recommending the use of blunt-tip surgical suture needles where clinically appropriate as a means to reduce needlestick injuries. Studies have shown that blunt-tip needles can reduce the risk of needlestick injuries by up to 69%.

Every year, 23% of the estimated 384,000 needlestick injuries that occur in hospitals happen in surgical settings; this number has held steady even though needlestick injuries are on the decline in nonsurgical settings. Needlesticks expose healthcare personnel to bloodborne pathogens (such as hepatitis B virus, hepatitis C virus, and HIV)...

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