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A North West firm is the first in the world to use a unique new device for disposing of used hypodermic needles in their nurse training.

My Nurses Life (MNL) has been given a “NeedleSmart” device which is a game-changer in the field of needle safety by the inventors and will revolutionise the current methodology used by medical practitioners.

Once an injection has been administered the nurse or doctor then immediately inserts the needle part of the syringe into the portable “NeedleSmart” device, which instantly heats and disintegrates the entire length of the needle leaving just a sealed sphere of sterile metal that is no longer sharp.

“We are delighted that NeedleSmart has given us one of their fantastic needle bins so that we can train our students in their use,” said Dalya Titus, the lead assessor at MNL.

“It is known that three million needle stick injuries occur globally each year, including 100,000 in the UK, and this device will completely eliminate that risk,” she explained.

MNL train nurses from the Commonwealth and right around the world and also UK nurses who have left the health sector and are wanting to return to practice, so they can acquire the necessary qualification to obtain employment.

Dalya, who moved here in 2006 from Kerala in India, said, “We have already started training our pre-registered nurses in using the device. It is a very simplistic and highly effective appliance to use and I have no doubt that hospitals and nursing homes will adopt NeedleSmart in the very near future as well as GP surgeries and other medical practitioners”.

It is estimated that 140 million injections will be administered in the UK vaccination programme to deal with the Covid 19 virus and billons globally.

Helen Romnes, owner of MNL said “We train injection administration and the device is now an integral part of that training also keeping our classrooms safe.

“We have always been in the vanguard of nurse training for the Nursing and Midwifery Council exam, the OSCE, and introducing the “NeedleSmart” device is a no-brainer as it protects medical staff and patients from injuries and infection.

“It is also an environmentally-friendly product as the plastic syringe body can be recycled and used again instead of being incinerated.

’They are really neat and attractive devices that would not look out of place in anyone’s home and many diabetics will welcome it.

“We are a local company, as are the manufacturers of the needle device, so it is great that we are the first to showcase their invention,” she added.

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