How to evaluate sharp safety-engineered devices

Nurs Times. 2008 Sep;104(36):42-5.


With increasing concerns of occupational exposure to bloodborne viruses in healthcare settings, NHS trusts are under pressure to consider opting for safer sharps devices that are designed to protect users from needlestick injuries. However, with an ever-increasing range of 'sharp safety' devices on the market, deciding what to purchase is a complex issue. In addition, evidence shows that purchasing safety devices alone will not eliminate the problem of needlestick injuries. This article discusses the criteria that should be taken into account when trusts consider introducing sharp safety devices into their workplace.

MeSH terms

  • Equipment Design
  • Equipment and Supplies*
  • Humans
  • Infection Control
  • Needlestick Injuries / prevention & control*
  • Safety*
  • State Medicine