FDA, NIOSH and OSHA Joint Safety Communication: Blunt-Tip Surgical Suture Needles

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The American Nurses Association Center for Health, Safety, and Wellness provides the following information from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA): 

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Joint Safety Communication: Blunt-Tip Surgical Suture Needles Reduce Needlestick Injuries and the Risk of Subsequent Bloodborne Pathogen Transmission to Surgical Personnel

On May 30, 2012, the FDA, NIOSH, and OSHA released a safety communication to help decrease needlestick injuries. These government agencies strongly recommend the use of blunt-tip surgical suture needles when suturing fascia and muscle. See the entire joint safety communication and go to NursingWorld Safe Needles for further needlestick injury prevention information.