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Frequently asked questions about SecureGard


Q.
How do I use SecureGard® Safety syringe?

A.

Draw up the drug to be given in the usual manner.

  • Using a standard one-handed technique, give the injection in line with your current clinical practise.
  • Remember to fully depress the plunger when you are giving the injection thus capturing the safety needle ("clicks" when engaged).
  • Retract the needle from the patient back into the barrel.
  • Withdraw the plunger up to the “stop” at the top of the barrel.
  • Break the plunger off, capturing the needle and ensuring that the syringe cannot be reused.
  • Dispose of the Safety Syringe into a sharps container.



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    Q.
    Our clinical practise when giving an injection is to change the needle between the drawing up the drug and the giving of the injection. Is the use of two needles necessary with this product?

    A.

    It is true to say that it was common clinical practise to use two needles when giving an injection. We believe it is no longer necessary to carry out this procedure. This view is supported more and more by clinicians in the field during our trials of SecureGard®.

  • The high quality of the steel used in the production of the needles, the vastly improved needle sharpness means that the needles suffer almost no damage during "draw-up".
  • The improved siliconisation of the needle reduces the friction during injection and minimises patient discomfort.
  • Also, there is the risk of an accidental needlestick when changing to the second needle.

    NOTE: The configuration of the safety needle alongside the SecureGard® syringe can be manufactured by special request.

  • You must however ensure that the SecureGard® needle is attached before you give the injection.
  • The retraction mechanism will only function with SecureGard® needles attached.



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    Q.
    When you push the needle through the rubber septum of the drug vial will the needle not become loose?

    A.

    As with all clinical practises some care has to be taken.

  • The SecureGard® Safety needle is welded in place thus ensuring that it will not come loose prior to giving the injection.



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    Q.
    How does the retraction mechanism work?

    A.

  • The special needle used to deliver the injection is held in the needle hub.
  • The tip of the plunger is specially modified to engage the needle.
  • The final movement of the plunger, at the end of drug delivery, enables the plunger to “grab” the needle.
  • Retraction of the plunger withdraws the needle safely back into the barrel.
  • After retraction the needle falls to the side within the barrel, preventing re-deployment.
  • Once the needle is fully inside the barrel, the plunger is broken off, preventing re-use of the syringe.



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    Q.
    How many extra steps are required to activate the SecureGard® safety syringe retraction mechanism?

    A.

    One.

  • With the needle “captured” simply retract the plunger to withdraw the needle safely into the barrel.



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    Q.
    I like to check the movement of the plunger on first opening the syringe pack. Can I still do this with SecureGard® syringes without activating the retraction mechanism?

    A.

    Yes if you so wish to.

  • By moving the plunger back and forward gently this will allow you to check the movement without accidentally activating the mechanism.
  • Remember not to depress the plunger fully.



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    Q.
    How do I use SecureGard® safety syringes?

    A.

    Fill the syringe and deliver the drug in the usual manner. Remember to fully depress the plunger to the end of travel to capture the needle, and then withdraw the needle into the barrel.
    Click here to see diagrams to see how to use SecureGard®


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    Q.
    Can SecureGard® syringes be reused?

    A.

    No.

  • After the retraction mechanism has been triggered, the needle is held securely inside the barrel of the syringe.



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    Q.
    Unlike most other companies SafeGard have a 1ml safety syringe available, is it reliable?

    A.

    Yes, absolutely!

  • Our unique design ensures that 1ml safety syringe can be built to the same exacting standards as other sizes in the range.
  • Safety and reliability of the product has been key to the success of the product.



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    Q.
    Are SecureGard® syringes latex free?

    A.

    Yes!

  • All SafeGard Medical products are latex free, thus ensuring total protection for the clinician.



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    Q.
    My hospital recommends all our IV injections be given through an injection bung. Can I use SecureGard® syringes through an injection bung or cap?

    A.

    Yes.

  • Just remember to fully depress the plunger firmly to activate the retraction mechanism and thereafter dispose of the used syringe according to hospital protocol.



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    Q.
    What is the Dead Space for the SecureGard® Safety Syringe?

    A.

    As you know the dead space is the volume of drug, which remains in the syringe, following the completion of the clinical procedure.

  • The Dead Space is compensated for on the scale of the barrel of the syringe.
  • The dead space for all the SecureGard® Syringe meets the required ISO standards.
  • Full details for each syringe can be found in the technical section.



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    Q.
    Could you please tell me what the bevel style is for the SecureGard® needles?

    A.

    According to US Federal Specification GG-N-196, the bevel styles used are defined
    as style - “A”

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    Q.
    Why can't I use Paraldehyde with SecureGard® syringes?

    A.

    Paraldehyde reacts with ALL plastic syringes. Not all manufacturers feel it is necessary to advise customers of this problem. We feel SecureGard® users should be given all the information about contraindications, even if it is highly unlikely they would ever use paraldehyde.


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    Q.
    How long has it taken to develop the SecureGard® Safety Syringe?

    A.

    The SecureGard® Syringe has taken two years of extensive trailing and clinical testing in a number of countries worldwide to ensure that the product is of the highest possible quality standard. Thus ensuring total protection to the clinician.




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    Q.
    What training and support facilities are available to users of SecureGard® syringes?

    A.

    The company Clinical Support Manager will discuss your exact training requirements and a customised programme will then be developed to meet the needs of your staff.


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