Minimizing needlestick injury

Increase operator safety and minimize the risk of needlestick injury

One case of serious infection by blood-borne pathogens can add up to $1 million or more in expenses for testing, lost work time and disability payments.” [1]

Causes of needlestick injury

Many factors may cause needlestick injury. The unavailability of sampling safety devices for operators or the lack of a dedicated procedure for operator safety can lead to needlestick injuries. [2]

Risks of needlestick injury 

Needlestick injury may lead to safety concerns or infection by blood-borne pathogens. [2]

Healthcare professionals are at risk of being exposed to blood-borne pathogens through coming into contact with blood. Such contact can be a result of inoculation of blood by a needle. [3]

Minimize needlestick injury with a needleshield device

A needleshield works in accordance with the EU directive 2010/32/EU for the prevention of sharp injuries within hospitals. First published in May 2010, the directive calls for increased operator safety when handling blood collection devices, including arterial blood gas syringes. [4]

Sharps need to be disposed safely and immediately into appropriate, puncture-proof bins to protect you from blood-borne pathogens.
To protect healthcare professionals from accidental needlestick injuries, the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) guidelines recommends the use of engineered sharps injury protection. [5]

A syringe should include a safety feature, which can be detached from the syringe barrel. The needle protection mechanism is activated after sample collection, protecting the user from exposure to the needle. [1]

The safePICO arterial blood gas syringe with needleshield device

The safePICO syringe contains a needleshield device that is securely locked and operated with one hand. After activating the needleshield, you dispose the needle securely and minimize the risk of needlestick injury.

The safePICO syringe



1. Perry J et al. Reducing sharps injury risk in intensive care., Jun 2005.
2. Skurup A. Preanalytics: The First Step for Accurate Blood Gas Results., Oct 2016.
3. European Agency for Safety and Health at Work. Risk assessment and needlestick injuries. Accessed May 2017. 
4. Official Journal of the European Union. Council Directive 2010/32/EU of 10 May 2010, Implementing the Framework Agreement on prevention from sharp injuries in the hospital and healthcare sector concluded by HOSPEEM and EPSU. Accessed June 2017.
5. CLSI. Procedures for the Collection of Arterial Blood Specimens; Approved Standard—Fourth Edition. CLSI document GP43-A4 [ISBN 1-56238-545-3). Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute, 950 West Valley Road, Suite 2500, Wayne, Pennsylvania 19087 USA, 2004.

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