Written by Nicole Porter
Last updated on January 04, 2013 @ 6:43PM
Created on January 04, 2013 @ 5:29PM
Needles and syringes are commonly used in the hospital setting. One very important thing about their use is that they should never be used twice.
This is mainly because any blood born pathogens, such as MRSA and the super bug, can be stuck in the needle or syringe and then transferred to another person.
Reusing needles can be very harmful to patients and can lead to the spread of disease. In July, it was recommended that thousands of oral surgery patients in Colorado should get tested for HIV because the office was reusing syringes through IV lines. That's why OSHA supports the practice of just using these items once.
Before needles are used in a hospital, they're kept under lock and key or even personal supervision. Then, after the are used, the needles are sealed into a puncture-proof container somewhere in the hospital. Once that container is filled, they're broken down before being sent to a landfill.
Some needles do have an expiration date on them. Doctors will check that before using them. If a package appears discolored or broken, it will not be used.
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