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Feds encourage blunt-tip suture needle use

Hospital Safety Insider, June 7, 2012

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To put it bluntly, the FDA, CDC, NIOSH, and OSHA want to see more use of blunt-tip suture needles in operating rooms.

The four federal agencies posted a joint announcement on May 30 strongly encouraging “healthcare professionals to use blunt-tip suture needles as an alternative to standard suture needles when suturing fascia and muscle to decrease the risk of needlestick injury.”

The announcement cited studies that show needlesticks continue to occur at higher rates in surgical settings than in other areas of healthcare and that “using blunt-tip suture needles reduces the risk of needlestick injuries from suture needles by 69 percent.”

Read more about the announcement in the OSHA Healthcare Advisor.



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