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Needlestick Prevention

The dangers of accidental needle sticks and other sharps injuries have been well documented. Any needle or other sharp that has been used on a patient poses the risk of transmitting bloodborne pathogens to anyone who is subsequently injured by that needle or sharp. Such injuries, especially deep punctures caused by hollow-bore needles contaminated with blood, are known to have resulted in the transmission of pathogens. For example Hepatitis B Virus, Hepatitis C Virus, and HIV to name a few.

In the United States, the use of protective devices is now required by law. In August 2001, the U.S. Joint Commission on Accrediation of Healthcare Organizations issued a Sentinel Event Alert on preventing needlesticks and other sharps injuries. In this Alert, they announced that it will be assessing organizational compliance with the provisions of the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act as part of the accreditation process.

For over 15 years, Filtertek has developed products to prevent sharps injuries. We were the first to develop a luer activated valve with a top wiper seal to prevent ingress of bacteria and the first to offer a universal, two-piece needlefree connector to meet the requirements of new applications and open new options for our customers. Along with the patented product designs, Filtertek has also patented the related manufacturing technologies to offer our customers higher quality devices - and protection in the marketplace.
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