There are 410,000 preventable needlestick injuries reported in Europe per year and between 2004 and 2013 there were 3,396 reported needle stick injuries in the UK alone. 87% of the sharps injuries are caused directly by the needles (1).
Those who suffer a needlestick injury face the risk of contracting a blood borne disease, such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV, which can have life-changing consequences and they often face an agonising wait for test results.
These statistics show that current methods, technology, and working practices are inadequate and that needle disposal requires a more effective, safer solution to protect workers and patients.
The NeedleDock system removes the needle from the syringe single-handedly, automatically and safely. Its small opening significantly reduces the chance of injuries, unlike open sharps bins which are not practical as they allow fingers into the container where sharps risks remain.
The NeedleDock sharps bin is spill-safe and so can be safely carried around and used right next to the patient for closer patient care. Needles are permanently stored away in an anti-tamper strong box.
- Royal College of Nursing report: “Needle-stick injury in 2008”
- United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/sharpssafety/index.html
- Health Protection Agency 2008: Eye of the Needle – UK surveillance of Significant Occupational Exposures to
- NHS Resolution: “Did you know? Preventing Needle-stick injuries” May 2017