The FDA UK Newly Release the Correct Way in which to Discard the Stainless Hypodermic Needle & More.

The FDA (or U.S. Food and Drug Administration) introduced the medically niche Sharps Disposal Container decades ago within both Hospitals and General Doctor Practices.

It was not however until the last decade that governmental law in the UK required that all (according to Section 10 of Safe Handling and Disposal of Needles and Sharps);

• Needles
• Scalpels
• Razors
• Spicules of bone and teeth

that are classed as ‘sharps’ be littered immediately after one use and that all professionals wash their hands for around a minute with liquid soap in order to prevent risk to not only the health care of patients, but themselves.

In the past the bright yellow discard bin (see Figure 1) has always been present at the back of a Doctors’, Nurses’ and other specialist’s dedicated rooms. This has been a signified obligation that once the medic has injected the skin tissue with a stainless tool that is be dropped in the bin before any chance of contamination spreading.


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Unfortunately years ago pressure and knowledge of crossed disease through a sharp or Blunt End needle was less, and therefore samples or used syringes sometimes were found lying in a bowl on a desk for many minutes. Worse the sampler did not take the time to disinfectant their hands immediately after. Both scenarios would have been detrimental enough to spread disease towards patient, their own and across the room by the time the dermis needle found the Sharps Disposal Container.

These pressures have heightened since and the protector and promoter of health board FDA have paved more time towards rules and regulations over littering the sharp and even the technology and laws on what passes as a Disposal Container.

Despite most health organisations worldwide too having their own version of the disposal unit, many opt for other routes of isolating used Drilled Eyed Needles, Spinal Needles etc. away from the public.

For instance since the year 2001 Canada and the Vancouver Coastal Health have created ‘hot spots’ in which they can recover needles through house providers and community agencies and workers. Despite over 170,000 obsolete needles being collected from Hospitals and GPs alike in 2009, the Canadian group still sent out clean-up crews out onto the streets (Figure 2).

An alternative example of other global needle distribution and collection is too based in Canada towards the British Columbia province of Kelowna. Unlike static bins within the injection room or ‘hot spots’ and street sweepers to prevent the spread of disease, this body is a community of one central base and associated outer agencies for visits or call-outs across the province to cater for all needle-based needs.


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Despite the VCA accounting for the destruction of over a million stainless ends and the Kelowna 150,000 in a single annual year, the Food and Drug Administration does not prefer these strategies and do not consider them safe enough. For Britain the FDA would rather tighten laws on how the Discard Container should function instead.

In response the FDA have updated the medical devices procedure titled Safely Using Sharps (Needles and Syringes) at Home, at Work and on Travel. This covers a brief description of the container, plus best rids, tips for providers, reported problems, Dos and Don’ts, cases of lost containers and a visual learning guide.

For suppliers, providers, online sellers and Pharmacies they all still need to follow the initial rules of having a containing system manufactured from rigid plastic which shows the line marking for when the contents is full. As plastics and adhesives have developed over time however since the first container example (as shown on Figure 1), the FDA now has become a little looser and introduced the transparent and coloured plastic (Figure 3).


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The two plug links that are most valid when it comes to the FDA rule book however are the best rids and Dos and Don’ts.

The Former mentioned has been released as if a step-by-step guide for the unaware. Users of the Hypodermic Needle and others are suggested to follow six stages, the first simply being that the Stainless dermis tool should be placed in the Disposal Container straight after one injection. The guidelines that follow read…

• Leave the container at an appropriate collection site
• OR leave the container at household waste sites
• Occasional disposals sent by mail
• Residential Pick-up Services (only for special requirements).


The latter of the Dos and Don’ts allows Disposals to be carried for travel, to call local trash or public health departments and to be sealed and labelled in accordance to community guidelines.

The board do not approve the obvious of loose littered needles in trash or recycling or even toilet, to break/bend/remove/recap any needles injected by another individual and to not remove the sharp of a syringe without clippers (see Figure 4) in case of a sharp fall, scattering or loss.


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Thursday, April 14th, 2016 by Charlie Stelling About Us No Comments

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