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Wednesday 26 Nov 2014

The risk factor


As a European directive looks set to ban recapping by the end of 2013, we take a look at new initiatives to reduced the risks of needle stick injury

Needle stick injuries are estimated at 1.2 million a year in Europe alone – meaning that dental hygienists and therapists are potentially exposed to a considerable risk.

As a world leader in pain control – with manufacturing facilities across the globe and a worldwide distribution network – Septodont took a keen interest in reducing needle stick injuries.

Many years ago it began a dedicated R&D programme to reduce the risk of such injuries. Its Safety Plus, the very first disposable safety device in dentistry, was launched in 1991.

Its many safety features – particularly the elimination of recapping – preceded legislation that was finally published in June 2010 as a Commission of the European Communities directive.

This directive will ban recapping from the end of 2013.

Features such as a unique sliding protective sheath and active aspiration gives extra security for patients and peace of mind to the user, and makes the Ultra Safety Plus a world-class system which significantly reduces needle stick injuries – from an average of 11.8 to zero per 1,000,000 hours worked in one clinical study at a dental school [1].

Because the Ultra Safety Plus is reloadable, it is ideal for extended procedures and active aspiration means security for patients. A bevel indicator assists with inserting into tissue correctly and the transparent barrel means aspiration is clearly visible.

With the finger grips incorporated in the protective barrel, there is less likelihood of wet, gloved hands slipping when using the Ultra Safety Plus.

The Ultra Safety Plus range includes 27g short, 27g long, 30g short and 30g ultra short needles in boxes of 100 syringes and a black handle – which can be sterilised in an autoclave, making it both a safe and versatile choice.


1. J.M Zakrzewska et al. Introducing safety syringes into a UK dental school – a controlled study. Brit Dent J 2001 ; 190; 88-92.


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