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POST 00509E : CONTAMINATION STUDY OF NEEDLE REMOVERS 10 October 2002 _____________________________________________________ Janet Vail (mailto:[log in to unmask]) informs us of a splatter contamination study of needle removers conducted by PATH. The report is not yet available but more information will be provided, as well as device demonstrations and consultations to be held during the upcoming SIGN annual meeting in Cambodia later this month. _____________________________________________________ Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH) recently completed a splatter contamination study of various needle removers. Needle removers are devices that separate the needle from used syringes either by cutting the needle, cutting the syringe, or pulling the needle from the syringe. The test, funded by PATH, was conducted by NAMSA, a multinational company based in the U.S. specializing in nonclinical testing services to ensure medical device safety and compliance. The protocol of the study was developed by NAMSA in consultation with PATH and WHO. The test included 1 needle remover that is currently available, and 4 prototype devices from 3 developers. In addition, we asked NAMSA to test the practice of pulling the needle from the syringe manually using pliers. Finally, we tested for any contamination if the needle is not separated from the syringe and placed in a standard sharps disposal box. The only surface splatter that resulted was when pliers were used to pull the needle from the syringe. The report will be made available on TechNet. We are working with all manufacturers and developers to optimize their products so that they will be appropriate for developing country use. We will be presenting more information about the study at the SIGN annual meeting (26 October at 16:50). This meeting will be held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia from 24 to 26 October 2002. More information on the meeting can be found on the SIGN website at the following URL : In addition, we will be convening a hands-on session on Friday, October 25th in the evening (18:30 -19:30) to explore advantages and trade-offs for designs of needle-removers. The session will be held in the ASEAN WOK VIP Room, Hotel Cambodiana. We will have several devices on hand for demonstration, and will be soliciting your feedback about the specific designs. We hope to see you there! Janet Vail Sharps Solutions Team PATH ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- CONTRIBUTIONS: Contributions to: or use your reply button! The TechNet21 e-Forum welcomes new subscribers who are involved in immunization services. SUBCRIBE: To subscribe, send an e-mail to: Leave the SUBJECT area BLANK, do not type anything. In the body text, just write: Subscribe TECHNET21E Surname Name Do not use any accents in your name and surname. UNSUBSCRIBE: To unsubscribe, send an e-mail to: Leave the SUBJECT area BLANK, do not type anything. In the body text, just write: Unsubscribe TECHNET21E ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ ARCHIVES Archives of posted messages classified by month starting with 1 January 2000 are accessible to all TechNet21 subscribers at the following site : Archives for postings prior to January 2000 can be found at the following site : Or by request to the Moderator at mailto:[log in to unmask] ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Archives for files (documents) are under revision to clean old documents and drafts that are already replaced with new ones, and will be made available soon at a specific site. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ The World Health Organization and UNICEF support TechNet21. The TechNet21 e-Forum is a communication/information tool for generation of ideas on how to improve immunization services. It is moderated by Claude Letarte and is hosted in cooperation with the Centre de coopération internationale en santé et développement, Québec, Canada ( -----------------------------------------------------------------------------

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