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POST 00818E : NEEDLE-REMOVER STUDY 2 August 2005 _____________________________________ Carib Nelson ( from PATH informs us of the following needle-remover study that you can download from the TechNet site at : (550KB) _____________________________________ A needle remover acceptability study was conducted at health posts in Senegal, where needle removers were introduced in two districts in 2003. After needle removers were used, needles were disposed of in protected needle pits or special needle barrels. Defanged syringes went into safety boxes. Safety boxes were used for syringes with needles in comparison sites. The study found that health workers preferred needle removal over putting the complete needle-and-syringe into the safety box. They cited improved safety as the main reason. Another advantage was reduced use of safety boxes, since 50% more defanged syringes fit into a safety box. The study also validated the use of the needle barrel in areas where needle pits are not appropriate or acceptable. The barrel approach provides a good option in areas where high water table, rocky ground, or lack of open ground prevent the digging of pits, or where there is the desire to haul away the old needles once the barrel is full. Thanks, Carib Carib Nelson Immunization Technologies PATH ______________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________ Visit the TECHNET21 Website at You will find instructions to subscribe, a direct access to archives, links to reference documents and other features. ______________________________________________________________________________ To UNSUBSCRIBE, send a message to : Leave the subject area BLANK In the message body, write unsubscribe TECHNET21E ______________________________________________________________________________ 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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