BBraun safety device scoops top award

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Intravenous products: A South Yorkshire healthcare company has won a prestigious national award for a safety device which reduces the risk of needle injuries to healthcare workers. B. Braun Medicals Introcan Safety® cannula, which also cuts the infection risk for patients, scooped the IV Therapy category in the national Nursing Times Product Awards 2010.

The awards, held at Londons Hilton Park Lane  (November 3,) recognise innovative products that offer the greatest benefits to nurses and patients. Jennifer Whiteley, Product Manager for Safety Devices at B. Braun Medical, said: It is fantastic to have won this prestigious award and for Introcan Safety® to be recognised by the nursing community for its contribution towards making hospitals a safer place for both nurses and patients.

As many as 90 per cent of hospital patients will receive treatment through an IV cannula during their stay. Medical staff have to take particular care when removing a non safety cannula to avoid an accidental needle injury which carries the risk of contracting blood borne diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis C. Annually around 40,000 needle stick and sharps injuries are reported by NHS staff.

The Introcan Safety® device incorporates a patented self activating safety clip that automatically shields the needles sharp end when retracted so removing the risk of an accidental needlestick injury. It is also proven to reduce the patients risk of contracting an IV related infection such as MRSA when used with other infection prevention measures. Introcan Safety® is set to play a leading part in helping hospital trusts to meet new European wide regulations on preventing needlestick injuries among health care workers.

Earlier this year, the European Council of Ministers adopted the EU Sharps Directive – which provides a framework to prevent sharp injuries in hospital and health care environments. Member states will need to comply with the laws by May 2013 demonstrating they are making workplaces safer.

“B Braun are delighted that Introcan Safety has been honoured with such a prestigious award. This is a testament to all the hard work and effort by the B Braun team in developing innovative medical devices to transform the lives of healthcare workers and patients so as to ensure a safer and more effective environment for care,” said Graeme Cameron, Business Manager, B Braun Medical.

Introcan Safety® is part of a range of B Braun Safety products which comply with the EU Directive and when implemented can help NHS Trusts across the UK ensure that their health care workers are amongst the best protected in Europe.

B. Braun Medical, which is based at Thorncliffe Park, Sheffield, is the UK subsidiary of the global healthcare company B.Braun.

Photo: Judging panel members Debbie Barry of the Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust (far left) and Lisa Dougherty of the Royal Marsden Hospital (far right) with award winners Jennifer Whiteley, Product Manager for Safety Devices at B. Braun Medical, and Graeme Cameron, Business Manager Hospital Care Division.

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