WHO calls for ‘smart’ syringes to stem deadly diseases

New "smart" syringes include features that prevent them from being used a second timeThe World Health Organization has called on healthcare providers around the globe to switch to syringes that can only be used once in order to better battle deadly diseases spread by needle sharing. The new "smart" syringes recommended by the WHO include features that prevent them from being used a second time. Others have metal clips that prevent the plunger from being pulled back after it is used and another type has a needle that retracts into the syringe after a shot. "Adoption of safety-engineered syringes is absolutely critical to protecting people worldwide from becoming infected with HIV, hepatitis and other diseases," said Gottfried Hirnschall, head of WHO's HIV/AIDS Department.



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