Syringes are some of the most useful devices in medical care. They allow doctors, nurses, and veterinarians to draw blood, inject medicine, and do many other things. Sadly, the needle in the syringe makes it a very dangerous item, as anyone can accidentally stab themselves with it. This is known as a needle stick injury accident, which corresponds to the accidental penetration of the skin by a used needle.
Needle stick injuries are unfortunately common, and they can cause the transmission of blood-borne diseases like HIV, Hepatitis C, and Hepatitis B. However, there is a way to use syringes without risking one’s safety, and that’s the use of auto-retractable safety syringes.
Auto retractable safety syringes come in a variety of sizes like the 1cc syringe, a variety of needle gauges, and lengths. As a safety mechanism, the needle automatically retracts into the barrel when the plunger is pressed all the way. This ensures that the contaminated needle is no longer exposed after use, which lessens the risk of accidental stabbing and needle stick injuries, thus reducing the risk of contracting serious infections like HIV or hepatitis.
Automatic retractable safety syringes are as easy to use as regular syringes. They require no prior training or additional steps before manipulation. The safety mechanism is automatically activated after use. This feature can be highly beneficial in many situations. In hospital settings, auto-retractable safety syringes can be used to minimize needle stick injury among the staff. This doesn’t only concern doctors and nurses, but also cleaners and personnel responsible for medical waste disposal.
They should be preferred in situations involving people who are not well acquainted with safety guidelines for using syringes. For instance: in teaching hospitals or clinics where students are first introduced to syringes. Or for people who inject themselves at home with insulin or IVF hormone treatments, and can put their friends or family members at risk of being accidentally stabbed by a contaminated needle.
They should also be preferred in settings and situations that deal with unstable patients.
For example: in psychiatric departments where medical staff has to deliver injections to
unstable and agitated patients. Or even in veterinary care when drawing blood or giving an injection to an animal that can become aggressive because it’s scared or in pain.
Using auto-retractable safety syringes can also protect first responders, especially in communities with a high frequency of intravenous drug use. They will be kept from accidentally being stabbed by a needle if tending to a heroin overdose for example. Last but not least, some cases of HIV-infected needle attacks have been reported worldwide. Sick and evil individuals can place HIV-contaminated needles in public places like cinema seats or cash dispensers, to infect as many people as possible with HIV. Generalizing the use of auto-retractable safety syringes is a great way to fight this problem.
Auto-retractable safety syringes offer all the efficiency of regular syringes, minus the very
important danger of needle stick injury and the transmission of dangerous diseases.
As a result, auto-retractable safety syringes have been dubbed the gold standard of syringes, and their use should be preferred to regular syringes as much as possible.