Spending on disposable syringes to rise in bid to lower sharps injuries

Monday January 30 2017

Global spending on disposable syringes is expected to increase significantly over the next few years as healthcare authorities across the world take action to lower the risk of sharps injuries being sustained.

Needle injuries pose a serious risk to both patients and medical staff should they occur, as pricking the skin can expose the bloodstream to bacteria associated with blood-borne viruses including hepatitis C and HIV - both of which can be life-threatening if left untreated.

However, these types of injuries can be avoided if healthcare professionals consistently follow proper standards of sharps safety, such as making sure that sterile gloves are always worn when handling needles, never reusing sharps instruments, immediately discarding any implements that appear to be broken and ensuring a fresh needle is used for each injection that is administered.

Disposable syringes can also help to lower the risk of a sharps injury occurring, as specially-designed instruments that can only be used once mean reusing needles is not possible. Some models come complete with a safety cap that prevents the needle from being used if it is broken as well.

With this in mind, Research and Markets has published a new report that predicts a significant increase in expenditure on disposable syringes by healthcare authorities across the globe.

The report - entitled 'Disposable syringes market analysis by type, by application, by region and segment forecasts 2013-2024' - estimates that spending on disposable syringes will rise significantly over the next seven years, until the market reaches a total value of $9.9 billion.

While most of this spending is expected to be on safer devices to use in hospitals, dental surgeries and doctors' practices, increased expenditure is also anticipated from the leaders of programs designed to encourage drug addicts towards recovery. This is because the cross contamination of blood and potentially life-threatening viruses due to improper sharps handling is prevalent among this group.

Research and Markets' report led to the discovery that following the introduction of a disposable syringe program for drug users in China supported by the World Health Organization and UNAIDS, the prevalence of HIV among this group has fallen from 2.5 cases in every 100 people to just 0.6 per 100.