How Do You Use Safety Needles?

28th March 2022

Nowadays, most of the people are using safety needles as it is much safer than traditional hypodermic needles.

These needles help in preventing needlestick injury. There is a safety mechanism in the needle which covers the needle to prevent any contact.

However, in order to stay safe, you need to know who to use these needles. As these needles are different, you need to follow some extra steps while using in. In this guide, we will show you how to use safe needles. 

What Are Safety Needles?

A safety needle is a disposable hypodermic needle. It is similar to a traditional needle but comes with safety features. 

As we know, needles are pointy and sharp and cause injuries if left without a cover. Many people have gone through the trauma of contracting infectious diseases due to problems like needlestick. 

Because of this reason, safety needles are used. It was designed specifically for use in the treatment of patients with infectious diseases. However, now it is used for almost everything.

Needles are commonly used in all sorts of medical procedures. They are used during surgeries, blood collection, medication, etc. Today, however, most needles are manufactured using safety features.

Once you are done using these needles, you can use the safety protector to lock the needle. This way, there will be no problems like needlestick. 

How to Use Safety Needles?

Safety needles are very simple and easy to use. If you are using these needles for the first time, follow these steps. 

  • Step 1: Open Needle Package

To use a safety needle, you need to open a new package. You can get these needles online as well as in the medical store. Make sure the package is closed and not contaminated. Open the package and remove the needle and syringe from it. 

  • Step 2: Connect it with a syringe

Now, you need to connect the safety needle with the syringe. This type of needle will have an extra cover attached to the hub. You need to hold the needle hub and connect it to the syringe. Turn the syringe to perfectly lock the needle. 

  • Step 3: Remove Needle Cap

Now, you need to remove the cap from the needle. The safety needle comes with a removable cap. Hold the cap and remove it from the needle. 

  • Step 4: Use the Needle

You can now use the needle for anything. If you want to give an intramuscular injection, you can pierce the medicine cap with the needle and pull the stopper up to fill the syringe with it. After that, you can pierce the same point in the skin and put the medicine inside. You can use the needle for drawing blood as well.

  • Step 5: Lock the Safety

Once it is done, remove the needle safely from the person’s body. Now, you need to lock the safe. You can do it by pressing your thumb on the safety and locking it in place. You can also press the safety on the surface to lock it over the needle. You will hear a click sound when the needle is locked. 

  • Step 6: Dispose Needle

In the end, you need to remove the needle from the syringe and put it in a disposal container.

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