The Safety Crisis – Some industry facts of the safety issue include:
Every 60 seconds, of every day, six people suffer a needlestick injury somewhere in the world. Every, three people die as a result of those injuries1.
World Health Organisation (WHO) reports in the World Health Report 2002, that of the 35 million health-care workers, two million experience percutaneous exposure to infectious diseases each year. It further notes that 37.6% of Hepatitis B, 39% of Hepatitis C and 4.4% of HIV/AIDS in Health-Care Workers around the world are due to needlestick injuries. It is estimated in the United States of America alone that over 320,000 needlestick injuries occur every year2.
It is estimated by WHO that 30-50% of some 12 billion injections given per year are administered unsafely3.
Syringe reuse is a worldwide problem and can result in the spread of blood borne pathogens. The WHO estimates that 40% of the 16 billion injections administered worldwide annually involve reused, unsterilised syringes and needles, with rates of unsafe injections climbing to 70% in some countries3. The reuse of injection equipment is responsible worldwide for 32% of new HBV infections, 40% of new HCV infections, and 5% of all new HIV infections4.
The ClickZip™ Needle Retractable Safety Syringe technology provides valuable protection for the health worker, their patients and others in the community and prevents the spread of disease, infection and blood-borne pathogens. The wide spread use of this technology is primarily concerned with safety in the community and its long term health.
1WHO guideline on the use of safety-engineered syringes for intramuscular, intradermal and subcutaneous injections in health-care settings. WHO 2015.
2Terry Grimmond, FASM, BAgrSc, GrDpAdEd and Linda Good, PhD, RN, COHN-S, “EXPO-S.T.O.P.: A National Survey and Estimate of Sharps Injuries and Mucocutaneous Blood Exposures among Healthcare Workers in USA,” AOHP Journal, vol. 33, no. 4 (Fall 2013), pp. 31-36.
3Benedetta Allegranzi, The Burden of Unsafe Injections Worldwide: Highlights on Recent Improvements and Areas Requiring Urgent Attention, the World Health Organization and Patient Safety (A World Alliance for Safer Health Care), n. d., p. 2.
4 WHO Guideline on the Use of Safety-Engineered Syringes for Intramuscular, Intradermal and Subcutaneous Injections in Health-Care Settings, World Health Organization, WHO/HIS/SDS/2015.5, p. 7.
World Health Organisation defines a safe injection as one that:
- Does not expose the health worker to avoidable risk
- Does not result in waste that puts other people at risk
What are the Risks?
There are more than 20 blood-borne pathogens that can be transmitted by needlestick injuries.
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis C
- Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
- Others including Syphilis, Herpes, Brucellosis….
ClickZip™ offers many advantages to the market such as:
- High degree of safety due to needle retraction after use preventing needlestick injury and needle reuse.
- Secure locking mechanism.
- Easy to use. No or minimal training required.
- Competitive cost to the end user.
The features and the associated safety and other benefits of the ClickZip™ technology include:
|Highest quality Japanese stainless steel cannulas||Sharp needle to reduce pain for patient|
|Latex free||Eliminates latex sensitivities|
|No leakage||Avoids contamination|
|No gap - minimal dead space||Reduced viral survival|
|Active-retractable needle technology – manual retraction||Increased user control|
|After the injection is given, the user can retract the needle before of after removing the needle from the patient||Reduce needle exposure|
Increase users control and safety
|No change to injection technique||No or minimal training required – simple to use|
|When retracted after use, the needle tilts to one side into the syringe barrel||Encapsulating the needle in the barrel of the syringe increases safety, reduces risk of needlestick injury, prevents reuse of needle and reduces need for sharps container|
|The barrel incorporates the needle back-stopper||Prevents the syringe disassembling|
|The safety feature is an integral part of the device||No need to ‘add-on’ safety features, no additional operation required and user-friendly technology|
|The user can hear and feel when the locking mechanism is activated||The user knows when injection has been successfully delivered, increasing the user’s confidence Meets NIOSH recommendation for needlestick devices|
|After needle retraction, the plunger is snapped of encapsulating the used needle||Safe disposal after use and further prevention of reuse or needlestick injury|
|Break away plunger||Prevents reuse|
|Full compliance with ISO Quality System for Manufacturing||Meets international standards for medical devices|
|Low manufacturing cost||Cost competitive verses other safety engineered medical devices|
|ClickZip™ technology flexibility||Compatibility with various medical devices for drawing and injecting medicines and drugs|