EXPOSURE SAFETY: Collecting umbilical cord blood

October 2004 
Volume 34  Number 10
Pages 20 - 20
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  • Risky practices

  • Safer alternatives


  • Figure. Two safety d...

    SINCE THE NEEDLESTICK Safety and Prevention Act was passed more than 3 years ago, health care facilities in the United States have made substantial progress in implementing safety-engineered devices. But for some specialized procedures, finding a safe alternative to sharp devices can still be challenging. One example is umbilical cord blood collection.

    Figure. Two safety devices Risky practices

    Immediately after a baby is delivered, labor and delivery (L&D) staff typically collect blood from the umbilical cord for blood studies, such as blood typing and antibody testing. Most methods for obtaining cord blood pose a risk of exposing L&D staff to bloodborne diseases such as viral hepatitis. Here are a few of the most common methods, and the risks involved:

    * Using a conventional needle and syringe to draw ...

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