The FDA is seeking data and information that would help determine what additional actions, if any, it should take to protect health care workers from needlestick injuries from medical devices. In 1992, it warned that sharps injuries can cause serious infections, and advised that needle-bearing devices should have certain safety features. Since then, there have been numerous reports of injuries attributed to various hypodermic, butterfly, blood drawing, and other medical needles, and FDA has been petitioned to ban the use of certain of these devices. The agency therefore requests data and information that would provide insight on the need, if any, for banning one or more of these devices. For more information, log onto http://www.fda.gov/OHRMS/DOCKETS/98fr/062002c.htm.
Crawford, Jr LM. Needlestick Injury Data Needed. JAMA. 2002;288(10):1225. doi:10.1001/jama.288.10.1225-JFD20009-2-1