The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has just launched a new website to help those who aren’t directly in the health care fields, learn how to properly and safely dispose of needles and other sharps.
From the website:
Examples of sharps include:
- Needles – hollow needles used to inject drugs (medication) under the skin
- Syringes – devices used to inject medication into or withdraw fluid from the body
- Lancets, also called “fingerstick” devices – instruments with a short, two-edged blade used to get drops of blood for testing. Lancets are commonly used in the treatment of diabetes.
- Auto Injectors, including epinephrine and insulin pens – syringes pre-filled with fluid medication designed to be self-injected into the body
- Infusion sets – tubing systems with a needle used to deliver drugs to the body.
- Connection needles/sets – needles that connect to a tube used to transfer fluids in and out of the body. This is generally used for patients on home hemodialysis.
The website is intended to help protect everyone from infected (or even non-infected) needles and sharps. The bottom line is to make sure that you are using a sharps container to dispose of your needles and sharps in order to make sure that no one else (children, pets, sanitation workers, etc…) is accidentally jabbed or stuck.
Download the “DO’s and DON’Ts” of safe disposal brochure, view the FDA Flickr Slideshow or download the “How to Get Rid of a Sharps Container” brochure and let’s make sure that no one else is injured by a discarded needle or sharp from your home.