NAPPSI Compiles List of Sharps-Safety Devices

February 1, 2003

NAPPSI Compiles List of Sharps-Safety Devices

National Alliance for the Primary Prevention of Sharps Injuries (NAPPSI) has
created a comprehensive list of needlestick-safety devices. NAPPSI's compilation
draws upon the list of needlestick-safety devices created by the Exposure
Prevention Information Network (EPINet) at the International Healthcare Worker
Safety Center of the University of Virginia. The EPINet list categorizes devices
by their medical application. The new NAPPSI lists complements this approach by
making one simple but valuable change: it categorizes devices within each
medical application by whether they offer primary prevention or secondary
prevention against needlesticks. This innovative approach enables healthcare
workers (HCWs) and purchasing managers to easily identify primary-prevention
devices that provide the greatest measure of protection against injury by
eliminating the use of medical sharps.

"Our new list is intended to supplement the valuable information already
provided by the EPINet list," said Steve Bierman, MD, founder and president
of NAPPSI. "NAPPSI is proud to lead the way in helping HCWs and other key
decision makers identify first-choice technologies -- that is, products that
employ primary prevention to protect against medical sharps injuries."

Primary prevention practices and technologies are the first line of defense
against needlestick injury. Primary prevention reduces or eliminates the need to
introduce sharps into the workplace -- significantly lowering HCWs exposure to
bloodborne pathogens. Secondary prevention practices and technologies, by
comparison, render safer those sharps that must be introduced into the

Primary prevention is widely recognized as the most effective way to protect
HCWs against the accidental needlesticks that are a frequent threat as
clinicians care for patients. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and
Health (NIOSH) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has
recommended that HCWs "avoid the use of needles where safe and effective
alternatives are available." In a recent letter to NAPPSI, NIOSH confirmed
that the agency recommends "a comprehensive prevention program that
considers all aspects of the work environment and includes both primary and
secondary prevention measures."

"Because they lack information about primary prevention, hundreds of
American healthcare workers contract serious and potentially fatal diseases each
year," said Bierman.

More than 800,000 U.S. HCWs suffer medical sharps injuries every year. These
injuries can lead to serious and life-threatening diseases such as hepatitis C
and AIDS.

The following is the NAPPSI Primary and Secondary Prevention: Needlestick
Safety Device List and Notification to Clinicians on Sharps Injury Protection
(devices marked with an asterisk have been added by NAPPSI to the EPINet list,
and have been identified by NAPPSI as being primary or secondary prevention

Primary prevention

  • Needle-free jet injection: Biojector 2000, Bioject, Inc.;
  • VITAJET 3, Bioject, Inc.; Injex Needle-Free Injector, Equidyne Systems;
    Medi-Jector Vision, Antares Pharma, Inc.; SyriJet
  • Keystone Industries; J-TIP*, National Medical Products, Inc.

Secondary prevention

  • Needle guards/sliding sheath/sleeve: B-D Safety Glide Shielding Hypodermic
    Needle, Becton Dickinson; B-D Safety Lok Syringe, Becton Dickinson; BD
    SafetyGlide Syringe, Becton Dickinson; Protector Syringe and Safety Cap
  • InjectiMed, Inc.; Gettig Guard - Safety Needle, Gettig Pharmaceutical
    Instrument Co.;
  • Monoject Safety Syringe, Kendall Healthcare Products Co.; Safe-Mate Safety
    Needle for dental use, MedPro, Inc.; Sterimatic Safety Needle, Sterimatic
    Medical Corp.; Univec Sliding Sheath, Univec; DonorCare Needle Guard, ITL
    Corporation Pty. Ltd.;
  • Innoject Auto-Injector,
  • Innoject Inc.; DeHardCap Safety Needle,
  • DeHardCap Medical, LLC; 5cc Safety Syringe,
  • Taiject Medical Device Co. Ltd.; Duopro Safety Syringe,
  • Meditech, Inc.;
  • Needle guards-hinged recap: Needle-Pro, SIMS Portex, Inc.; SurGuard,
    Termumo Medical Corporation
  • Retractable needles: Elite Safety Syringe, Medi-Hut Co., Inc.; NMT Safety
    Syringe, New Medical Technology, Inc.; Vanish Point Syringe, Retractable
    Technologies, Inc.; Vanish Point Syringes,
  • Abbott Laboratories; Safety 1st Safety Syringe; Safety 1st Medical, Inc.
  • Pre-filled syringes: Safety Tip-Lok, GlaxoSmithKline; BD PosiFlush
    Pre-filled syringes, Becton Dickinson; Carpuject Therapeutic Medications
    Prefilled Syringes with Luer Tip,
  • Abbott Laboratories; Pre-filled Saline Flush Syringes,
  • B. Braun Medical Inc.

Primary prevention

  • Abbott Laboratories; Baxter Healthcare Corp.; Beckton Dickinson; BIOJECT,
    Inc.; B. Braun Medical; Edge Medical; ICU Medical
  • Tri-State Hospital Supply; National Medical Products, Inc.

Primary prevention

  • Needleless IV access-blunted cannulas: LifeShield System, Abbott
  • Interlink IV Access System, Baxter/Becton Dickinson; BD Twinpak Dual
    Cannula Device, Becton Dickinson; Ultrasite Needle-free IV System, B. Braun
    Medical; Posiflow IV Access System, Becton Dickinson
  • Needleless valve/access ports and connectors: SmartSite Needle-Free
    System, Alaris Medical Systems; Safsite System, B. Braun Medical; Ultrasite
    System,* B. Braun Medical; PosiFlow, BD; Clave connector, ICU Medical; AVI
    Checkvalve, 3M Health Care; Life Guard Safety Huber Needle, Horizon Medical

Secondary prevention

  • Prefilled medication cartridge with safety needles: LifeShield Abboject
    protected recessed needle, Abbott Laboratories; Carpuject with InterLink
    blunt cannula or Luer Lock, Sanofi Winthrop/Becton Dickinson/Baxter;
    Cartridge Needle-ProTM hinged recap device, SIMS/Portex; Tubex Blunt Point
    cartridge unit, Wyeth-Ayerst; MIN-I-JET with Stick-Gard recessed needle or
    InterLink blunt cannula, International Medication Systems (IMS); Ansyr
    Emergency Syringe with Luer Access Tip,
  • Abbott Laboratories; LifeShield Emergency Syringe with Protected Needle,
  • Abbott Laboratories; Saline Flush Syringes with Luer Access Tip,
  • Abbott Laboratories; Carpuject Pre-filled Flush Syringes with Luer Access
    and Blunt Tips,
  • Abbott Laboratories; Carpuject Therapeutic Medications Pre-filled Syringes
    with Luer Access and Blunt Tips,
  • Abbott Laboratories; Aluer Pre-filled Flush Syringes with Luer Access and
    Blunt Tips,
  • Abbott Laboratories; LifeShield Medication Vials with Prepierced Reseal
  • Abbott Laboratories; ADD-Vantage Drug Delivery System,
  • Abbott Laboratories
  • FirstChoice Premixes,
  • Abbott Laboratories
  • Needle guards for pre-filled medication cartridges: UltraSafe Needle
    Guard, SafetySyringes, Inc.; UltraSafe Injection System, SafetySyringes,
  • Recessed/protected needle: LifeShield Connector, Abbott Laboratories;
    Needle Lock Device, Baxter Healthcare Corp.; Versa-Lok and Pro-Lok, Beech
    Medical; Click Lock and Piggy Lock, ICU Medical; Protected Needle System:
    McGaw Inc.; Centurion Uni-Guard Piggy Back Connector, Tri-State Hospital
    Supply Corp.

Secondary prevention

  • Shielded or retracting peripheral IV catheters: Introcan Safety IV
    catheter, B. Braun Medical; BD Insyte Autoguard, Beckton Dickenson; BD
    Insyte-N Autoguard Shielded IV Catheter for Small Vein Access, Becton
    Dickinson; BD Angiocath-N Autoguard Shielded IV Catheter for Small Vein
    Access, Becton Dickinson; IV Safe
  • M. C. Johnson Co., Inc.; BD Saf-T-Intima IV Catheter Safety System, Becton
    Dickinson; BD Angiocath Autoguard Shielded IV Catheter, Becton Dickinson;
    Protectiv and Protectiv Plus IV Catheter safety system, Johnson &
    Johnson Medical, Inc.; Protectiv* Acuvance
  • I.V. Safety Catheter, Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc./Johnson & Johnson
    Medical, Inc.
  • Secure IV peripheral venous catheter: Vadus, Inc.; Unolok-Plus Safety
    Infusion Sets, Myco Medical Supplies, Inc.
  • Shielded midline IV catheters: Biovue PICC/Midline catheter with Protectiv
    Safety Introducer, Johnson & Johnson Medical, Inc.

Primary prevention

  • Plastic blood collection tubes: Becton Dickinson; Greiner Meditech, Inc.;
    Kendall Healthcare Products Co.; Termumo Medical Corporation;
  • Plastic blood collection tubes with screw caps: S-Monovette Blood
    Collection System, Sarstedt, Inc
  • Plastic fingerstick sampling blood collection tube(s): Microvette
    Capillary Blood Collection System, Starstedt, Inc.; Multivette Capillary
    Blood Collection System, Starstedt, Inc.
  • Arterial Blood Sampling: Line Draw Plus Arterial Blood Sampling Kits,
  • Portex, Inc.; SafeSet, Abbott Laboratories

Secondary prevention

  • Hinged recapping needle: BD Eclipse Blood Collection Needle, Becton
    Dickinson; Needle-Pro venous/arterial needle protection, SIMS Portex
  • Retracting needle: Vanish Point blood collection tube holder, Retractable
    Technologies, Inc.; Vanish Point blood collection tube holder,
  • Abbott Laboratories;
  • S-Monovette Needle Protector, Starstedt, Inc.
  • Self-blunting needle: Punctur-Guard blood collection needles; Bio-Plexus,
  • Shielded winged steel needle butterfly blood collection needles: BD
    Vacutainer Safety-Lok Blood Collection Set, Becton Dickinson; Angel Wing
    Safety Needle System, Kendall Healthcare Products Co.; VAKU-8 Plus Safety
    Blood Collection Set, Myco Medical Supplies, Inc.; SurshieldT Safety Blood
    Collection Set,
  • Termumo Medical Corporation
  • Single-use sliding sheath blood collection needle and tube holder:
    ProGuard II,
  • Kendall Healthcare; Safe Point Vac and Safe Point M-D, North American
    Medical Products (NAMP): Saf-T-Clik, MPS Acacia; Sterimatic Safety Needle,
    Sterimatic Ltd.

Primary prevention

  • Laser Lancet: Lasette, Cell Robotics International, Inc.

Secondary prevention

  • Retracting lancet: Single-Let, Bayer Corp.; BD Quikheel Lancet, Becton
    Dickinson; BD Genie Lancet, Becton Dickinson; Haemolance, Hypoguard;
    Haemolance Plus, Hypoguard; Tenderfoot heel incision device, International
    Technidyne Corp.; Tenderfoot automated skin incision device, International
    Technidyne Corp.; Monojet Monoletter safety lancet, Kendall Healthcare
    Products Co.; Glucolet 2 retracting lancet, Miles Inc., Diagnostic Division;
    Unistik 2, Owen-Mumford, Inc.; EZ-Lets II, Palco Labs
  • Accu-Check Safe-T-Pro, Roche Diagnostics; Safe-T-Lance Plus, Futura
    Medical Corp.
  • EZ-Lets II,
  • Plalco Labs, Inc.
  • Strip Lancet: SafetyStrip, Specialized Health Products

Secondary prevention

  • Quick-release scalpel blade handles: Bard-Parker SafetyLock Surgical Blade
    System, Becton Dickinson
  • Retracting scalpel: Bard-Parker SafetyLock Disposable Scalpel, Becton
    Dickinson; DIAMATRIX Surgical Steel E-Series Trapezoid blade, DIAMATRIX,
    LTD., INC.; DeRoyal Safety Scalpel with retractable blade, DeRoyal; Futura
    Safety Scalpel-retractable scalpel, Futura Medical Corp.; Personna Safety
    Scalpel - disposable, Personna Medical
  • Ultrasonic scalpel: Harmonic Scalpel, Ethicon Endo-Surgery

Secondary prevention

  • Ethiguard Blunt Point, Ethicon, Inc.
  • Other blunted suture needles available from Auto Suture Co./USSC; Kendall
    Healthcare Products Co.

Secondary prevention

  • Magnatreve Magnetic Floor Sweep, Adept-Med International, Inc.; SutureMate,
    DeRoyal Industries; Hands Free Transfer disposable magnetic drapes, Devon
    Industries; Blade Guard II sharps counting and disposal system, Devon
    Industries; QlickSmart Scalpel Blade Removal System, Qlicksmart Pty. Ltd.

Cut- or puncture-resistant barrier products: Gimbel Medical Glove, Gimbel
Glove Company; Paraderm Glove Liners, ViaGARD Medical Products; The Whizard
Liner Glove, Whizard Protective Wear; FingGUARD Protective Pads, Zimmer Patient
Care Division.

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