London's Lane Fox Respiratory Unit Helps To Reduce Discomfort For Patients And To Protect Staff From Needle Stick Injury With MICROSAMPLER PROTECT
Roche MICROSAMPLER PROTECT makes arterial blood gas sampling safer, quicker and less painful for patients.
The exceptionally small needle of Roche MICROSAMPLER PROTECT helps to minimise discomfort and improve the patient experience in the collection of arterial blood gas (ABG) samples. Compliant with the new EU Health and Safety Regulations 2013 (Sharp Instruments in Healthcare), the unique design of MICROSAMPLER PROTECT also protects healthcare staff from needle stick injury, making it the ABG sampler of choice for the last 15 years at the Lane Fox Respiratory Unit in St Thomas’ Hospital, London - one of the UK’s leading respiratory departments.
The 14-bedded purpose-built Lane Fox Respiratory Unit is a national referral centre, caring for patients with chronic respiratory failure. It provides specialist inpatient care, including invasive and non-invasive ventilation as well as supporting over 1200 patients in the use of non-invasive ventilation at home. ABG sampling is an important and common procedure every day on the unit. Dr Nicholas Hart, Clinical and Academic Director for the unit, explains: “High quality arterial blood gas analysis data are essential to determine patient management and optimised care. The initiation and modification of invasive and non-invasive ventilation is based on these data.”
ABG sampling is a notoriously uncomfortable and often painful procedure for patients. MICROSAMPLER PROTECT helps to improve the collection of these vital blood samples, making it a less traumatic experience for the patient. “ MICROSAMPLER PROTECT requires only 220µL of blood, which is collected in a capillary sampler using a 25 gauge needle,” Dr Hart continues. “This small gauge needle is more comfortable for patients compared to other ABG samplers on the market, which have 22-23 gauge needles.
“The smaller needle in MICROSAMPLER PROTECT is less invasive, which is especially helpful in younger patients. It makes ABG sampling a quicker and less painful procedure, allowing us to perform it on children and adults without the use of topical anaesthesia. The size and shape of MICROSAMPLER PROTECT means that you can hold it in one hand like a pen, which gives stability and accuracy. Furthermore, the small needle can be re-positioned easily, without the need for a second entry point, if the radial artery is missed on the first occasion.
MICROSAMPLER PROTECT also has a needle shield device that is used to safely remove the needle without the risk of injury, protecting healthcare staff from needle stick injury. It is estimated that 62-88% of all needle stick injuries could have been avoided by the use of safety devices1. Dr Hart concludes, “The needle protection safety feature of MICROSAMPLER PROTECT helps to prevent needle stick injury, which is much appreciated and well received by staff.
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1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2001). Updated U.S. Public health Service Guidelines for the Management of Occupational Exposures to HBV, HCV, and HIV and Recommendations for Postexposure Prophylaxis. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Vol.50, No.RR-11.