"Sharp suture needles are the leading cause of needlestick injuries in the operating room," said Janine Jagger, MPH, PhD, professor of internal medicine and director of the International Health Care Worker Safety Center at the
The ProtectPoint product line now includes an expanded line of blunt taper needles, specifically designed to reduce tissue penetration force in tougher tissue like muscle and fascia, while still offering superior glove penetration protection. OSHA estimates that the majority of needlestick injuries that occur can be prevented by using safer technologies such as blunt point needles. Needlestick injuries are a potential source for the spread of infectious diseases.
In addition to its expanded line of blunt taper needles, Syneture has also upgraded its blunt point needles with NuCoat coating technology which provides more consistent penetration pass after pass. The ProtectPoint needles, designed for softer tissues, are available with a wide variety of absorbable and nonabsorbable surgical suture materials.
Reference: AORN J. May 1998.
Source: U.S. Surgical