Statistics & Frequently Asked Questions

WHO urges shift to single-use smart syringes

Smart syringes that break after one use should be used for injections by 2020, the World Health Organization has announced.

Reusing syringes leads to more than two million people being infected with diseases including HIV and hepatitis each year. The initial cost to change to a “smart” syringe is higher, but the World Health Organization says the smart syringe costs are less than treating the diseases.

More than 16 billion injections are administered annually. Normal syringes can be used multiple times but smart syringes prevent the plunger being pulled back after an injection or retract the needle so it cannot be used again.

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What are needle-stick injuries?

Needle-stick injuries are wounds caused by needles that accidentally puncture the skin. Needle-stick injuries are a hazard for people who work with hypodermic syringes and other needle bearing devices and accidental injuries are documented to occur at every stage of their use, whenever health-care workers use, attempt to disable or cap, disassemble, or dispose of needles.

What are the hazards of needlestick injuries?

Accidental contact with contaminated needles result in the transfer of infected blood, other body fluids and tissue through the skin.

How common are needlestick injuries?

Some studies estimate that there are up to one million needle-stick incidents annually in the USA and another one million incidents in Europe and it is widely accepted that the incidents are underreported. Some hospitals report one third of nursing and laboratory staff suffer such injuries each year.


Recapping can account for 25 to 30 percent of all needlestick injuries of nursing and laboratory staff. It is hazardous to hold a needle in one hand and attempt to cover it with a small cap held in the other hand.

How do Needle-Stick injuries occur and when?

Industry reports indicate manually activated safety features cause 10.7 times more Needle-Stick injuries than Auto or Semi-automatic safety features. The LOM products are equipped with an automatic safety feature. The common causes of Needle-Stick injuries by percentage: Manipulate Needle in Patient -25%; During Sharps Disposal -13%; Improper Disposal -10%; During Clean-up -10%; Collision with worker or sharp -10%; Needle recap -6%; Access IV lines -6%; In transit to disposal -4%; Transfer to and processing Specimens -5%; Handling and passing Equipment -5%; Other 5%.