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November 22, 2012

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Medical needles – BD Vacutainer Eclipse Signal Blood Collection Needle

Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD) has launched its new Vacutainer® Eclipse™ Signal™ Blood Collection Needle in Europe.

The safety-engineered design with single-handed activation, integrated holder and a new flashback chamber is said to offer health-care workers immediate confirmation of venous access, while also reducing the potential for sharps injuries.

Blood collection is one of the most hazardous tasks performed by health-care workers, says BD, which highlights that it is also the clinical procedure with the highest risk of needlestick injury.

According to the firm, the new needle allows immediate confirmation of venous access, which is indicated by the presence of blood in the flashback chamber, providing confidence during venepuncture.

Other ergonomic features, which make venous blood collection simple and more comfortable, include the new anti-slip ridges and thumb pad for single-handed activation of the safety shield. The blood-droplet reduction system is designed to reduce blood-droplet formation when the needle is removed from the vein, and the needle bevel and safety shield are aligned for easy identification of the needle position for blood collection, adds BD.

To find out more about the new blood-collection system, visit BD’s safety website at

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