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POST 01166E : RETRACTABLE SYRINGE 3 October 2007 ________________________________ Carib Nelson from PATH is sending you the summary of the following report "Evaluation of a Retractable Syringe in South Africa". As said in his message, the full report is available upon request. NOTE : The "posting" sub-page of our website will be soon edited. May’s postings will be deleted. All those who wish to keep the list of postings in a Word document, please copy it now. It can be copied with retaining of format and active links. You could thus keep your own archives in this format if you wish so. We remind you that Technet archives accessible through the website are searchable, with a quite effective search engine. ________________________________ Here is a summary of an evaluation of a retractable syringe being used in curative and immunization settings in KwaZulu Natal province, South Africa. Users reported a decrease in needle stick injury and that they felt safer when using the retractable syringe. They were also more willing to treat HIV positive patients when using the syringe. In addition to safety, health workers reported time savings and reduced medical waste volume as advantages. Supervisors felt the retractable syringe improved job satisfaction. A cost analysis found use of the retractable syringe to be cost saving. A sensitivity analysis was conducted to show the cost impact of different levels of needlestick, syringe reuse, and syringe pricing. For additional information, or a copy of the complete report and cost analysis, contact Sarah McGray. Carib Nelson Team Leader, Technology Solutions PATH ______________________________________________________________________________ All members of the TechNet21 e-Forum are invited to send comments on any posting or to use the forum to raise a new discussion or request technical information in relation to immunization services. The comments made in this forum are the sole responsibility of the writers and do not in any way mean that they are endorsed by any of the organizations and agencies to which the authors may belong. ______________________________________________________________________________ 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 : [][/email] 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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