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BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- B. Braun Medical Inc. will introduce the
Perifix Safety Epidural Needle during the American Society of
Anesthesiologists (ASA) 2003 annual meeting, Oct. 11-15, 2003, in San
Francisco. The needle is designed to protect against accidental
needlestick injuries during administration of epidural anesthesia, while
offering virtually no change in technique.
Unlike ordinary hypodermic needles, the epidural needle has a unique shape
designed to facilitate locating the epidural space, and to introduce a thin,
plastic catheter tube to deliver anesthetics that relieve pain. Since the
anesthesia provider cannot see the tip of the epidural needle as it is
directed toward the central nervous system of the patient, he or she must
rely on the tactile sensations or "feel" transmitted back through the needle
as it is slowly advanced through tissue in the lower back to the epidural
space. Over a period of time, anesthesia providers develop an intimate
"feel" for their particular epidural needle.
B. Braun developed the Perifix Safety Epidural Needle to protect against
accidental needlestick injuries during administration of epidural
anesthesia, while preserving the familiar "feel" of its market leading
epidural needle. As the needle is withdrawn from the patient's back, the
anesthesia provider advances a small deployment shroud containing a safety
clip toward the tip of the epidural needle. The clip engages over the tip
of the epidural needle and locks into place reducing the risk of accidental
"In developing the Perifix Safety Epidural Needle, we faced the challenge of
designing a safety epidural needle that would protect against accidental
needlestick injuries without changing the acquired feel the anesthesia
provider developed with non-safety epidural needles," said Brad Lane,
director of pain control for B. Braun Medical. "To solve this problem, we used
the safety clip design concept found in the highly successful B. Braun
Introcan Safety IV Catheter and B. Braun Surecan Safety Huber Needle.
This allowed us to design a safety epidural needle with a proven, effective
safety mechanism that preserves the critical 'feel' of the needle."
The Perifix Safety Epidural Needle is a key component in B. Braun's
forthcoming line of safety epidural procedural trays. In addition to other
safety-oriented components, these trays will feature needle-free
alternatives like B. Braun's FilterSTRAW particulate matter filter and the
MICRO-PIN vial access pin for aspirating fluids from ampoules and vials.
B. Braun is touting a "Think Yellow. Think Safety" campaign in support
of the product launch since some of the safety devices in B. Braun trays are
colored yellow to differentiate the epidural access point from other medical
"Pressure is building on healthcare providers to comply with OSHA safety
mandates, emerging federal and state legislation, JCAHO directives, and
local risk management policies," says Lane. "Our new line of pain control
safety products gives facilities compliance options they can exercise when
the need arises."
Source: B. Braun