Guide will help comply with safer needle devices

A detailed tool to help health care facilities evaluate and select safe needle devices is being developed through a partnership between the American Nurses Association (ANA) in Washington, DC, and the Training for Develop ment of Innovative Control Technology Project in San Francisco.

The guide, due out this spring, won’t endorse any specific products, says ANA spokeswoman Michelle Nawar. It will help hospitals and other health care facilities comply with recent regulations and recommendations from the U.S. Occu pa tional Safety and Health Administration and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

The guide also will stress the involvement of front-line health care workers in the evaluation and selection of devices, she says. The guide is being funded through a grant from Franklin Lakes, NJ-based Becton, Dickinson and Co., a needle device manufacturer.

For more information, contact the ANA at (800) 274-4262.