Safety in healthcare

Injections are one of the most common health care procedures: every year at least 16 billion injections are administered worldwide.
However, avoidable unsafe practices, reintroduction of injection equipment into multi-dose vials, informal cleaning and re-use of the same syringe, increase the risk of bacterial infections, large-scale transmission of bloodborne viruses among patients, healthcare providers and the community.
In addition to this, needlestick injuries are one of the most important occupational hazards among healthcare workers globally (more than 3 mlln/year), increasing the risk of HIV, HBV, HCV.

Needlestick injuries have significant psychological and  economic consequences which can cause long-term damage: the stress derived by possibility of running into viruses, can cause anxiety disorders, adjustment disorders and post traumatic stress disorder which do have a negative impact on the life of healthcare operators, nurses, as well as a strong economic impact on the Healthcare system.

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Preventing needlestick injuries by investing in safer working practices and medical devices leads to short and long-term benefits, including economic savings. WHO launched in 2015 a new policy on injection safety, calling the international community to switch to safety-engineered syringes like SafeR® by 2020. Directive n.2010/32/UE on prevention from sharp injuries in the hospital and healthcare sector has been implemented by 28 EU members.

(WHO guideline on the use of safety-engineered syringe in healthcare setting.)

SafeR® Syringe has been developed as an innovative device, implementing passive safety mechanisms in one click. Thus, it provides infection prevention for healthcare professionals, workers waste management and drastic reduction of needlestick injuries.  

The economic value of changing to passive safety injection devices show net savings and favourable budget impact, including the reduction of associated direct and indirect costs of occupational blood-borne viral infection risk on healthcare workers1.

1Cooke, Catherine E., and Jennifer M. Stephens. "Clinical, economic, and humanistic burden of needlestick injuries in healthcare workers." Medical Devices: Evidence and Research, vol. 10, annual 2017, pp. 225+. Gale OneFile: Health and Medicine