In the United States, 600,000-800,000 needlestick injuries are documented each year, yet studies have indicated that oftentimes these incidents go unreported.1 This begs the question: How truly prevalent are these events in the healthcare industry and why are they going undocumented?
While medical innovations have progressed dramatically over the previous century, the last 20 years specifically have resulted in monumental advancements that substantially increased medical care standards and improved overall global health. In this article, we outline what we believe to be the four most significant medical innovations of the past 20 years.
In the fall of 2014, nearly 400 individuals were surveyed about their experience receiving a PharmaJet Stratis® Needle-Free flu shot during the University of Tennessee Flu Shot day. Subjects were overwhelmingly accepting and the data suggests that needle-free vaccination through jet injection may be widely accepted in the general adult population and expand vaccination rates.
For healthcare providers, the cost of administering vaccines goes beyond the price of the needle and syringe. To provide immunizations, facilities often need to pay for specialty training, sharps management and disposal, and costly testing and treatment for needlestick injuries.
In the average hospital or medical office, proper sharps waste disposal is a top priority for management and staff alike. Correct disposal of biohazard materials — including used syringes — is a highly regulated procedure at both the state and federal level in an effort to make the work environment as safe as possible.
A hypodermic needle is one of the smallest pieces of medical equipment in most hospitals, pharmacies and clinics. There are countless idioms and sayings that reference the needle as the epitome of diminutive, and yet these tiny instruments can have major economic impacts on the medical industry.
Needle reuse is one of the most common causes of the spread of blood borne disease — most notably the spread of hepatitis and HIV around the world. Blood borne pathogens are often contracted through the reuse of needles and syringes. These diseases can be contracted directly when a needle or a syringe is reused…