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Safety devices growing in popularity

December 29, 2014

Medical science has advanced in numerous ways, which has impacted all areas of healthcare. This has not only boosted patient care, but also helped improve the level of safety of doctors, nurses and all other professionals in the sector.

One of the ways that advances in technology have made procedures less dangerous for staff is the development of safety devices. These instruments make common practices like injections and blood withdrawal much safer by reducing the risk of a needlestick injury occurring. 

With both passive and active devices available, safety-engineered instruments aim to protect the healthcare worker from the needle or medical sharp, reducing the chance of them suffering an injury themselves or harming the patient.

With occupational safety being a topical and pressing issue, the prevention of needlestick injuries has become a growing concern for those in the industry. This has influenced national law in many regions, with dedicated legislation being passed and introduced in the US and Europe.

Because of the effectiveness of safety devices for reducing needlestick injuries, they became a key focus of the legislation, with use of them being outlined in the documents themselves. This, along with growing evidence that safety devices can improve patient outcome and reduce injuries and costs, has resulted in a rise in popularity of these type of instruments. 

A study from Report Linker shows how safety injection devices, such as safety syringes and safety needles can help eliminate needlestick injuries, while also boosting the wellbeing of both patients and healthcare workers during drug administration.

The report states that the increasing awareness of occupational safety has meant that safety devices have "gained increased attention from the manufacturers and healthcare professionals worldwide". 

It describes the advantages of safety-engineered devices over more traditional methods, with great focus on the features integrated into the instruments that reduce the risk of needlestick injuries. 

For example, retractable syringes allow the needle to be enclosed in a barrel to enable the safe disposal of the instrument.  Disposing of this type of device costs a similar amount to that of a conventional syringe and, although the expense of production is slightly higher, safety devices are known to offer long-term economic advantages by reducing needlestick injuries.

This uptake of safety devices has encouraged the innovation and development of better and more effective instruments, which protect the healthcare worker and patient, while also delivering a high standard of care.

The ‘Needlestick Safety Injection Devices Market, 2014-2024’ report suggests that this market will continue growing over the coming years as more hospitals and trusts invest to reap the benefits of safety devices, and further protect their staff. It expects the market will grow at a steady nine per cent rate over the next ten years, with a large portion of this being represented by non-retractable syringes, the forecast states.

The report also indicates that growing markets in Europe will further drive the use and overall popularity of safety devices.

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