A safety device that protects healthcare workers from needlestick injuries received the DeviceMed award for most innovative medical device at Compamed, the medical manufacturing event co-located with Medica, the world's largest medical tradeshow, in Düsseldorf, Germany, last month. Jointly developed by Cambridge Design Partnership (Cambridge, UK) and Raumedic AG (Helmbrechts, Germany), the RauSafe device activates a telescopic sleeve following injection to cover the needle.
Each year 385,000 needlestick injuries and other sharps-related injuries are sustained by hospital-based healthcare workers in the United States, according to Cambridge Design Partnership. Both the USA Needlestick Act (2000) and EU Needle Safety Directive (2010) came into force to help prevent sharps injuries in hospitals. As many existing prefilled glass syringes on the market did not meet these needle safety regulations, pharmaceutical companies faced lengthy and costly processes to redesign and revalidate their drugs in new needle-safe primary pack delivery devices.