Medica 2008 conference in Düsseldorf is next week, but all sorts of companies are already showcasing their devices and technologies. InterVene Ltd. out of Staveley, UK has announced that the company will be presenting to the world its manually retractable hypodermic safety needle that goes on all sorts of commonly-used luer lock or luer slip syringes via an extrinsic attachment. Interestingly, despite this arrangement the device has only 0.03ml of dead space, “significantly less than the potential residual contents of the needle itself and well within the requirements of the International Standards Organisation (ISO) for deadspace,” the company says. The company also proclaims that InterVene Safety Needle is “the world”s first manually retractable, hypodermic safety needle.” But we are not 100% sure about that, to be frank.
Nonetheless, here are the features from the product page:
Cost-effective solution to reduce needlestick injuries Quick and easy to use, varying little from standard practice Fits commonly-used luer lock or luer slip syringes Fingers need never go forward of the contaminated needle Low angle of entry and auto-alignment of bevel during venepuncture [sic] Single-handed operation possible throughout Impossible to reuse once the safety feature has been activated Complies with ISO standards for deadspace Suitable for intravenous, intramuscular and subcutaneous injection Completely eliminates the chances of re-capping the needle cannula Available in a variety of gauge sizes
InterVene Safety Needle works particularly well with certain blood collection systems as a multi-sample needle.
1. Automatic bevel alignment speeds up the needle insertion process.
2. The needle’s offset design offers a very shallow angle of entry to the vein reducing the risk of popping the vein.
3. The transparent cap of InterVene Safety Needle ensures that flashback visualisation of blood is immediate.
These features are designed to assist the phlebotomist whilst offering a safety needle and reducing disposal costs.