Lost needle: a simple search device for the operating room's floor

Langenbecks Arch Surg. 2008 Nov;393(6):1009-11. doi: 10.1007/s00423-007-0252-8. Epub 2007 Dec 8.


Background/aims: Needle-stick injuries provide a substantial threat in regard to health of victims and may cause extra costs to health systems.

Materials and methods: We report on simple strategies to prevent a needle-stick injury by analysing search devices which can detect a lost needle.

Results: A magnetic device enables the surgeon as well as other staff members working in the operating room to locate a lost needle on the floor rapidly. For search in body cavities, X-ray examination is recommended.

Conclusion: With simple methods, a lost needle can be found easily to prevent any harm for others in the future.

MeSH terms

  • Equipment Design
  • Floors and Floorcoverings*
  • Humans
  • Magnetics / instrumentation*
  • Needles*
  • Needlestick Injuries / prevention & control*
  • Operating Rooms*