NaXiT™ Text Box: LEINO
The primary target in designing NaXit was the need to reduce accidents in needle handling. 

The idea of a safe, handy and economical method to dispose used injection needles was initiated by the staff in various hospital wards. A large survey  on the existing needle handling procedures was conducted in order to find out a better solution to protect the staff from the hazards in working with needles.

The consequences from a needlestick injury .

AIDS/HIV, Hepatitis B and C are the most common pathogens transmitted from a needlestick injury. The situation is relatively easy to trace on a needle stick injury, which occurs in a hospital ward. Often, when the needle stick injury happens on the first aid care, it is not possible to obtain all the relevant patient's background information immediately. The worst case takes place,  when an injury happens with a needle which origin and user(s) are unknown. Such injury leads to a prolonged period of examinations and follow-ups. This time period is a most arduous and nerve wrecking to the injured person. From the employer's point of view, this causes very high costs and absence from the work.

Observations from safety hazards in handling needles.
A time delay  between the completion of the injection process to the disposal of a needle increases substantially the risk  of a needle stick injury. Unintentional carelessness; e.g. needles left on trolleys upon sudden interruption in work, etc. A needlestick occurs during the change from filling needle to injection needle.
Only about one quarter of the needlestick injuries happen during the actual injection process. A restless patient, a needle change or handing over a filled syringe are the common reasons for this. Over 75% of needlestick injuries happen after the actual injection process has been completed. An injury resulting from cleaning work, recapping the needle, collision with fellow worker are the typical reasons. Incomplete or inadequate disposal processes are also common accident reasons, taking place when needles are forgotten in beds, are hidden under papers or are thrown to waste basket etc. The longer it takes before the needle is completely disposed of, the more action steps are required, the higher  the risk of a needlestick injury. NaXiT™ substantially reduces the risks of  needlestick injuries. It is designed to be carried in the pocket by every person involved in handling needles or to be nearby at hand. By using  NaXiT™, needles will be destroyed permanently immediately after their use.
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