We use cookies to understand how you use our site and to improve your experience. This includes personalizing content and advertising. To learn more, click here. By continuing to use our site, you accept our use of cookies. Cookie Policy.

Features Partner Sites Information LinkXpress
Sign In
Advertise with Us

Download Mobile App

Automatic Capping System Reduces Needlestick Injury Risk

By HospiMedica International staff writers
Posted on 05 Jul 2016
Print article
Image: The ProteXsure Safety Capsule System (Photo courtesy of Prism Medical & Design).
Image: The ProteXsure Safety Capsule System (Photo courtesy of Prism Medical & Design).
A novel safety system reduces needle stick injury (NSI) risk for health care workers, caregivers, consumers, and downstream waste management workers, should the original needle cap come off.

The ProteXsure Safety Capsule System is a patented, disposable container that contains protective caps that are used to cover a needle tip after injection in order to prevent NSI. When disposing of a used syringe, the needle tip is placed in the funnel-shaped opening on top of the device. Once inserted the syringe is removed. A protective cap is placed over the needle, covering it. The original needle cover can then be safely placed back on the syringe. The capsule system is automated and requires only one hand to operate, as its non-skid gel pads adhere to any surface without leaving marks or residue.

The capsule system contains 100 caps that fit all size needles and gauges in most medical and healthcare settings, and is the first device to safely address recapping both the front and back ends of all dental syringes. The funnel accepts both bent and straight needles. Once completely dispensed, the capsule system is simply thrown away. The ProteXsure Safety Capsule System is a product of Prism Medical & Design (Coral Springs, FL, USA), and has been approved by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Helthcare workers worldwide experience millions of NSIs per year, and as many as two-thirds of these events go unreported. They have been responsible for infections from more than 20 different agents, including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B virus (HBV), and hepatitis C virus (HCV). Most needlestick injuries carry no adverse health consequences, but the possibility of infection with life-threatening microbes exists. The rate of infection following needlestick exposure has been calculated for HIV as 0.3%; figures for HCV and HBV have been reported as 1.7% and as high as 30%, respectively.

Related Links:
Prism Medical & Design

Gold Member
Solid State Kv/Dose Multi-Sensor
Gold Member
Real-Time Diagnostics Onscreen Viewer
GEMweb Live
Silver Member
Compact 14-Day Uninterrupted Holter ECG
Syringe Pump
Spaceplus Perfusor

Print article


Surgical Techniques

view channel
Image: Concept of the wirelessly actuated undulating pump and its integration into an esophageal stent (Photo courtesy of Advanced Functional Materials/ doi.org/10.1002/adfm.202405865)

Wirelessly Activated Robotic Device Aids Digestion in Patients with Compromised Organs

The transport of fluids and solids is essential in the human body, driven by a wave-like movement in the lumen known as peristalsis. However, peristalsis can be disrupted in patients who have obstructions... Read more

Patient Care

view channel
Image: The portable, handheld BeamClean technology inactivates pathogens on commonly touched surfaces in seconds (Photo courtesy of Freestyle Partners)

First-Of-Its-Kind Portable Germicidal Light Technology Disinfects High-Touch Clinical Surfaces in Seconds

Reducing healthcare-acquired infections (HAIs) remains a pressing issue within global healthcare systems. In the United States alone, 1.7 million patients contract HAIs annually, leading to approximately... Read more

Health IT

view channel
Image: First ever institution-specific model provides significant performance advantage over current population-derived models (Photo courtesy of Mount Sinai)

Machine Learning Model Improves Mortality Risk Prediction for Cardiac Surgery Patients

Machine learning algorithms have been deployed to create predictive models in various medical fields, with some demonstrating improved outcomes compared to their standard-of-care counterparts.... Read more

Point of Care

view channel
Image: POCT offers cost-effective, accessible, and immediate diagnostic solutions (Photo courtesy of Flinders University)

POCT for Infectious Diseases Delivers Laboratory Equivalent Pathology Results

On-site pathology tests for infectious diseases in rural and remote locations can achieve the same level of reliability and accuracy as those conducted in hospital laboratories, a recent study suggests.... Read more
Copyright © 2000-2024 Globetech Media. All rights reserved.