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Suffolk County to conduct test of special safety syringes.

[No authors listed] AIDS Policy Law. 1999.



County officials in Suffolk County, NY, have authorized a six-month trial of self-destructing syringes. The syringes, manufactured by UNIVEC and supplied by the World Health Organization, have a barrel that locks the plunger in place after being used, which means the device cannot be reused. The syringes will be used in administering vaccines and performing routine medical health procedures in the public health department and jail. The study was prompted by several cases in which health-care workers accidentally or carelessly exposed patients to HIV and other blood-borne diseases through the reuse of syringes labeled for one-time use.


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