The US-American Institute of Occuaptional Safety and Health has published a
Safety and Health Information Bulletin in order to
Suture needle injuries frequently occur during suturing of muscle and fascia.
In 2005, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) issued a statement supporting
universal adoption of blunt-tip suture needles for suturing fascia and
encouraging further investigation of their appropriate use in other surgical
applications. The ACS stated that "all published studies to date have
demonstrated that the use of blunt suture needles can substantially reduce or
eliminate needle-stick injuries from surgical needles." The Association of
Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN) endorsed this ACS statement in support
of blunt-tip suture needle use where effective and clinically appropriate. The
ACS and AORN are two of the seven member organizations of the Council on
Surgical and Perioperative Safety, all of which have endorsed this statement.
The other five member organizations are: the American Association of Nurse
Anesthetists, the American Association of Surgical Physician Assistants, the
American Society of Anesthesiologists, the American Society of PeriAnesthesia
Nurses, and the Association of Surgical Technologists.
AplusA-online.de - Source: National Institute of Occuaptional Safety and Health