Health and Safety executive
An evaluation of the efficacy of safer sharps devices Systematic review
Prepared by the Health and Safety Laboratory for the Health and Safety Executive 2012
Sharps-related injuries carry the risk of serious blood borne infection. A systematic review was undertaken to consider the evidence related to safer sharps devices and their impact on needlestick injury reduction within the healthcare sector. The review sought to determine whether: the use of safer sharps devices could reduce the incidence of sharps injury;dedicated educational / training initiatives could reduce the incidence of sharps injuries; safer sharps devices were accepted by the hospital personnel asked to use them; and safer sharps devices had any proven impact on patient care outcomes.