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WHO urges introduction of single use syringes

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 24 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1055
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

Doctors and other healthcare workers should only use single use syringes, in a bid to stop the spread of infection through unsafe injections. In new guidance the World Health Organization is urging countries by 2020 to ditch syringes that can be reused, in favour of so called “smart” syringes that deliver a single dose and can be used only once.1

Research sponsored by WHO has shown that the number of infections caused by unsafe injections fell dramatically between 2000 and 2010 as injection practice improved.2 In 2009 the GAVI Vaccine Alliance reported that 66 of 71 developing countries receiving its financial support …

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