A New Generation of Needle Delivery Systems.

John D Stan, DrTCM,
October 30, 2014
I want to thank the authors for bringing this issue out in the open and present the challenges inherent in using long or longer thin needles. In general there seems to be a wide range of "behind closed doors" behavior for clinicians when it comes to inserting long or thin and longer needles. These behaviors range from standard WHO Clean Needle Practices which involve using a sterile swab to stabilize the shaft, to clear disregard for these standards resulting in practitioners using their fingers to stabilize the shaft of the needle. I witnessed this "cutting of corners" to save time in the clinic by many clinicians. I also have experienced my own frustration with the practice of having to spend time stabilizing the shaft of a long needle with an additional sterile swab. In a busy clinic time is of essence. Three years ago I invented the first dual tube insertion method that we have trademarked as "Safe-T Sleeve". This dual tube delivery system uses a thin sleeve situated on the outside of the insertion tube. Once the needle is positioned over the insertion site, the practitioner slides the external sleeve down to the skin with the non needle hand, removes the insertion tube and then using the sleeve as a stabilizing aid, continues to insert the needle to the target depth. The sleeve length is optimized to provide easy stabilization of the needle once the insertion tube is removed and is of a pliable nature enabling practitioners to firmly grip the needle if needed. This dual tube insertion method has been licensed to asia-med GmbH & Co. KG in Germany who have added the "Safe-T Sleeve" to their Tewa Brand acupuncture needle. The additional sleeve is found on all needles 40 mm or longer.[1] The Tewa brand with the "Safe-T Sleeve" delivery system being welcomed by practitioners and institutions across North America. [2] Even though a working solution to the challenges of long and thin needle insertion has been available in the marketplace for a few years now, there are still many who unnecessarily struggle with this issue. I want to thank the authors of this article for bringing more awareness of this issue to the forefront and I hope that they and others will take time to learn more about out our needle delivery system. Sincerely John Stan, DrTCM Inventor of the Safe-T Sleeve References 1. http://www.safe-t-sleeve.com/ 2. an article about needling discrepancies: http://www.acupuncturetoday.com/mpacms/at/article.php?id=32295

Conflict of Interest:

I developed a stabilization sleeve for longer or thinner needles based on the same challenges noted in this article. I am owner of a company that develops, imports and supplies clinic supplies to practitioners called Eastern Currents Distributing. My Contact email is john_stan@hotmail.com

Conflict of Interest

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