“One case of serious infection by blood-borne pathogens can add up to $1 million or more in expenses for testing, lost work time and disability payments.” 
Causes of needlestick injury
Many factors may cause needlestick injury. The unavailability of sampling safety devices for operators or the lack of a dedicated procedure for operator safety can lead to needlestick injuries. 
Risks of needlestick injury
Needlestick injury may lead to safety concerns or infection by blood-borne pathogens. 
Healthcare professionals are at risk of being exposed to blood-borne pathogens through coming into contact with blood. Such contact can be a result of inoculation of blood by a needle. 
Minimise needlestick injury with a needleshield device
A needleshield works in accordance with the EU directive 2010/32/EU for the prevention of sharp injuries within hospitals. First published in May 2010, the directive calls for increased operator safety when handling blood collection devices, including arterial blood gas syringes. 
Sharps need to be disposed safely and immediately into appropriate, puncture-proof bins to protect you from blood-borne pathogens.
To protect healthcare professionals from accidental needlestick injuries, the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) guidelines recommends the use of engineered sharps injury protection. 
A syringe should include a safety feature, which can be detached from the syringe barrel. The needle protection mechanism is activated after sample collection, protecting the user from exposure to the needle. 
The safePICO arterial blood gas syringe with needleshield device
The safePICO syringe contains a needleshield device that is securely locked and operated with one hand. After activating the needleshield, you dispose the needle securely and minimise the risk of needlestick injury.