In partnering with medical facilities, U.S. Medical Instruments provides the medical industry total control to needle safety, disposal and cost containment.
U.S. Medical Instruments’ SafeSnap® product serves the needs of hospitals, clinics, skilled nursing facilities and alternate care establishments.
The SafeSnap® Syringe
Full Product Line
- Includes safety, insulin, tuberculin, and allergy syringes
- 1/2cc, 1cc, 3cc, 5cc, 10cc and 20cc sizes
- Permits full conversion and purchasing from one manufacturer
- Stock one syringe: SafeSnap® works with substantially all standard syringe accessories and any blood draw and IV system
SafeSnap® becomes its own sharps container
- The contaminated needle tip is never exposed
- Provides significant savings in disposal costs
- Reduces liability in the work environment
- Reduces liability during the transportation to disposal destination
- Reduces potential hazards in the event of improper disposal
- Looks and feels like a regular syringe
- Allows nurses to utilize standard injection technique in giving injections
- Simplifies user training and encourages compliance recognition
- Exceeds ISO standards for dead space – waste of expensive medications is kept to a minimum
- Significant disposal savings to medical facilities because of the reduction of traditional sharps containers
- Reduces liability in the work environment as well as during the transportation to the final disposal destination
- SafeSnap® syringes can be sold at prices comparable to or lower than other safety syringes
How SafeSnap® Works
With SafeSnap®, it’s as simple as push, pull, snap seal.
Push: As you inject, continue pressure until the plunger locks with the needle and its carrier. Flip the red clip.
Pull: Retract the needle all the way into the barrel.
Snap: Break the plunger off.
Seal: Insert the plunger into the open end of the barrel until it locks.
Now the syringe can simply be disposed of in a red biohazard bag. Because SafeSnap® becomes its own sharps container there is no need to dispose of a used SafeSnap® needle into a sharps container.
Significant disposal savings to medical facilities because of the reduction of traditional sharps containers
The Departments of Health for Individual States has approved the SafeSnap® syringe for disposal in a hazardous waste plastic red bag. Federal OSHA allows for SafeSnap® disposal as a sharps container. Therefore, using SafeSnap significantly reduces the number of sharps containers purchased and infectious waste disposal costs.
An average 250-bed hospital spends $80,000 to $100,000 per year on the purchase of sharps containers alone. In addition, infectious waste disposal costs range from $0.25 to $0.35 per pound. Empty sharps containers for a 250-bed hospital weigh between 10-12 tons based on studies by the California Department of Health.
The overall savings for a 250-bed hospital purchasing at least 50% less sharps containers and the reduced tonnage of infectious waste disposal represents a conservative savings of at least $150,000.
Reduces liability in the work environment as well as during the transportation to the final disposal destination
Medical facilities are being pressured to introduce safer medical instruments and sharps devices. This pressure comes from employees, proposed local ordinances, state and federal legislation, and the increasing number of lawsuits brought against hospitals by medical personnel and patients who are victims of needle-stick-related infections.
One recent lawsuit involved a nurse who sued New York State after contracting HIV from an accidental needle-stick. The lawsuit resulted in the nurse being awarded $5.4 million.
The Hospital Employee Health (“HEH”) newsletter estimates that the costs of each reported accidental needle stick are approximately $4,000 for treatment of the wound, diagnostic tests and lost worker time, exclusive of specialized, longer term treatment and potential liability costs.