Frequently Asked Questions
Due to its special design—the needle protection mechanism is integrated into the syringe label—Needle-Trap is easy to use, without requiring the user to change his/her injection technique. View of the needle is unobstructed, enabling the user to retain full control of the injection process. The content of the syringe, the graduation or air bubbles can be easily detected, as usual.
The protection mechanism is activated in a controlled manner, even in case the syringe is only partly discharged, and clearly perceptible acoustically (clicking sound). In addition, Needle-Trap’s compact design saves storage space and allows normal disposal. The amount of waste is relatively small, which helps protect the environment.
Patients value the simple design of the needle protection system. Unlike more complex, less transparent systems, Needle-Trap does not “scare” patients.
First, the plastic trap is bent toward the side by approximately 90 degrees. Afterwards, the syringe cap can be removed in the second step.
The needle is secured in the trap in a controlled manner, using one hand, by placing the trap on a surface and subsequently pressing it down. This locks the needle in the trap. The user should never try to use a finger to secure the needle in the trap!
The needle has been properly secured, when it locks in with a clearly audible click and the trap is visibly located at an angle of approximately 90 degrees.
Yes! Although Needle-Trap provides protection against accidental injuries, the syringe must be properly disposed of in an appropriate container.
The quantities of blood (0.0001 l) and medicine content (0.00008 l) released are hardly traceable and thus completely harmless. This has been clearly proven in a scientific study performed by an internationally recognized expert.
Needle-Trap meets all current requirements concerning safety mechanism against needlestick injuries. These include, among others, requirements of the U.S. NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) for “safe instruments”, the German TRBA 250 (Technical Rules for Biological Agents), the European Biosafety Network Toolkit as well as the new EU Directive 2010/32/EU for protection against needlestick injuries, which had to be implemented into national legislation by all member states in May 2013.
Due to the directive, employers in hospitals, medical practice and the healthcare sector are obligated to analyze the risk of infection by blood or other body fluids when handling pointed/sharp instruments and to initiate appropriate actions. Employers are required to provide processes or medical instruments with integrated protection mechanisms to reduce or eliminate the risk, in order to protect physicians, nurses, healthcare staff, cleaning personnel as well as patients. Where possible, needle protection systems like Needle-Trap shall be used.
Needle-Trap’s safety and high quality have been confirmed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). After several tests Needle-Trap achieved the 510(k) clearance letter for marketing in the U.S.
- Ensure to bend the trap toward the side in any case, before removing the needle cap. Thus, you avoid a potential needlestick injury by the unprotected needle.
- Bend the needle by approximately 90 degrees, when activating the protection mechanism, i.e. when securing the needle in the trap. In case the needle is bent too much or too little, this might have a negative impact on securing the needle.
- You must never use your second hand or any other body part to secure the needle in the trap. Thus, you avoid accidental needle stick injuries.