Retractable Technologies, Inc. is the manufacturer of VanishPoint® and Patient Safe® safety products. VanishPoint® products retract the needle directly from the patient, effectively reducing exposure to the contaminated needle. Patient Safe® syringes are uniquely designed to reduce the risk of bloodstream infections resulting from catheter hub contamination.
Accidental needlestick injuries and syringe reuse cause millions of exposures annually to HIV/AIDS, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and many other bloodborne diseases. Ironically, many of these exposures occur in a healthcare setting.
- Accidental needlestick injuries to frontline healthcare workers are estimated to occur at a rate of about 800,000 a year in the United States alone, and they often transmit bloodborne diseases from patient to caregiver.
- There are more than 20 bloodborne pathogens that can be transmitted by an accidental needlestick injury or syringe reuse. These include HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C.
Retractable believes that its VanishPoint® products are the safest on the market, a fact that is reflected not only by public demand, but also by recognition from the health industry. The nonprofit agency that publishes the medical industry's widely circulated counterpart to Consumer Reports, published its thorough evaluation of safety needle devices in October of 1999. Retractable's VanishPoint® syringe and its VanishPoint® blood collection tube holder both received the agency’s highest possible rating.