Healthbeat Article

The Inherent Dangers of Phlebotomy Needles.

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Healthbeat Article

The SEIU's Andrew Stern was right when he dubbed them "killer needles" in 1998, but they continue to plague many. The Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act protects our right to the safest needles.

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United States Patent
Zeltzer, et al.
May 7, 2019

Lumbar puncture detection device


A device for drawing spinal fluid from a body part or injecting medication into the body part is disclosed. The device may include one or more measurement features (markings) that indicate the subcutaneous depth of the device as well as confirm placement and orientation of the end of the device in the body part. The device may include a trocar and a cannula having a central passage adapted to receive said trocar. One or more windows may be provided in or on the cannula. Means for venting air from the cannula central passage and/or transparent/translucent material may be disposed in said windows.
Inventors: Zeltzer; Paul M. (Encino, CA), Fischel; Lloyd (Haiku, HI)
Assignee: Zeltzer; Paul M. (Encino, CA)
Family ID: 42005542
Appl. No.: 12/560,140
Filed: September 15, 2009

Prior Publication Data

Document Identifier
US 20100160865 A1
Publication Date
Jun 24, 2010

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cdc logoThe U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) convened a National Sharps Injury Prevention Meeting on September 12, 2005, in Atlanta, Georgia. The purpose of this meeting was to review sharps injury prevention efforts (particularly since the passage of the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act in 2001); identify gaps in prevention efforts; and assist CDC in creating a national action plan for eliminating sharps injuries in the United States.

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