A device designed to stop nurses from manually re-sheathing needles could help to significantly reduce the number of needlestick injuries.
Nurses using the “StickSafe” device do not have to touch contaminated needles. The device, which looks like a small tray, separates the needle from the syringe prior to disposal.
It is estimated that using the new device could reduce needlestick injuries by more than 50 per cent, potentially saving the NHS more than £160m.
Professor Anne Marie Rafferty, dean of King’s College London’s Florence Nightingale school of nursing and midwifery, said: “With both the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work and the Health Protection Agency recently conducting examinations into occurrences of needlestick injury, the potential contribution of this innovative device couldn’t be more timely.”
The device is one of many new ideas nurses can learn about at the NHS Innovation EXPO event.
The largest healthcare innovation event in the UK, EXPO will bring together more than 10,000 delegates to share innovative ideas, evidence and best practice. It is intended to help drive the adoption and diffusion of new ideas by encouraging and inspiring nurses and other clinicians to adopt and spread innovation in the NHS.