Infection control is an essential aspect of healthcare that involves preventing the spread of infections within healthcare facilities.
The Retractable Technologies Inc. (RTI) automatic retractable syringes and needles are a breakthrough innovation that massively improves the safety of phlebotomy, injections and IV work. Here are the 5 benefits of using retractable devices.
Reduced Needlestick Injuries
Needlestick injuries are a serious occupational hazard for healthcare professionals, and they can result in the transmission of infections such as HIV and Hepatitis B and C. RTI’s range have a built-in mechanism that activates at the end of a shot, retracting the needle back into the syringe after use. This feature eliminates the risk of accidental needlestick injuries vastly.
Prevents Reuse of Needles
The reuse of needles is a dangerous practice that can result in the transmission of infections between patients. Unsafe clinical practices have been known to take place in third-world countries, such as in sub-Saharan Africa where HIV transmission is a serious concern. The lack of safety products has been linked with HIV prevalence in these regions. Automatic retraction makes it impossible to use the same needle on another patient.
Cross-contamination is a significant risk in healthcare settings, and it occurs when infections are spread from one patient to another through contaminated equipment or surfaces. RTI’s products completely contain used needles inside the syringe, preventing corruption of clean surfaces.
Facilitates Safe Disposal
Proper disposal of used syringes and needles is crucial in preventing the spread of infections. Automatic retractable syringes and needles facilitate safe disposal as the needle is automatically retracted into the syringe, reducing the risk of accidental injuries during disposal. Additionally, retractable syringes and needles take up less space in sharps containers, reducing the number of containers required for disposal.
Enhances Patient Safety
Patient safety is a priority in healthcare, and automatic retractable syringes and needles help to enhance patient safety by reducing the risk of infections. By preventing needlestick injuries, needle reuse, cross-contamination, and facilitating safe disposal, these devices ensure that patients receive safe and effective treatment without the risk of infections.
Automatic retractable syringes and needles offer massive benefits over standard products, and are the most seamless single-motion device available.