Written by Laura Wakelam
18 Sep 2018

Launching Daniels Bladesafe Multi

Of the 300,000+ sharps injuries that occur in the United States every year, 42% of reported needlesticks occur in the OR, and the last 17 years have seen a 6.5% rise in Needlestick injuries in surgical settings.1


When Daniels first launched the Bladesmart sharps passing tray to the global market in 2004, it radically confronted the idea that hand-passing of sharps in the operating room was avoidable. Research in the last two years cites 16% upwards of sharps injuries originating in the OR are from the hand-to-hand passing of sharps.2 Despite our innovation and advocacy in this space, it confirmed to us that we still have a lot of work to do to protect healthcare specialists in surgical environments and, per our image choice, create a safer environment for the surgeons of tomorrow. 


Through Daniels safety technology, we know for a fact that 16% + of needlestick injuries in the OR are avoidable. Reporting of needlestick injuries finds its most challenging subjects in doctors and surgeons (estimates suggest between 30% - 60% of doctors report sharps injuries), and the Operating Room typically has the lowest adoption of safety engineered devices, making safe sharps handling procedures paramount.


Needlestick injury occurance in Surgical Settings

More than 2 million Healthcare workers every years across the globe experience percutaneous exposure to infectious diseases. 37.6% of Hepatitis B, 39% of Hepatitis C, and 4.4% of HIV are due to needlestick injuries. In a recent study in an urban hospital, as many as 38% of surgical procedures involved a patient infected with at least one bloodborne pathogen.3 If healthcare workers are not safe, quite simply, patients are less safe. Safer sharps handling and disposal procedures are needed in every clinical environment, and given operating room injuries account for the greatest single percentage of sharps injuries (42%), this is the area we need to shine a spotlight on!  


The Neutral Zone. Why is it important?

AST Guidelines 2017 defined an Operating Room Neutral Zone as a “designated location on the sterile field for the placement and retrieval of sharps to prevent person-to-person transfer of sharps”. Its use is mandated by . OSHA law and recommended by the AST stating that the hands free technique “should be utilized during all surgical procedures to prevent two individuals from simultaneously handling a contaminated sharp, including but not limited to scalpel blades, suture needles, hypodermic needles, sharp surgical instruments and wires”. The Neutral zone is advocated as an evidence based practice implemented to reduce sharps injuries by the American College of Surgeons, the Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses (AORN), and the Association of Surgical Technologists.



The case for Daniels Bladesafe

Despite US regulations requiring mandatory adoption of the Neutral Zone in the OR, hands-free compliance rates vary from 5% to 84%.4 One of the reasons for this is the lack of consolidated product options available that facilitate a safe sharps containment zone. Until now…  Not only does the Bladesafe Multi facilitate safe no-hands passing of sharps, it also provides a safety station for the storage of blades, sutures and scalpels, let us show you how…


“No-hands passing, when used 75-100% of the time, showed a 59% reduction of injuries, contaminations, and glove tears.”5


Features of the Bladesafe Multi 

Designed in conjunction with perioperative staff, the Bladesafe Multi provides a Neutral Zone solution for safe hands-free transfer and disposal of sharps in a surgical setting:




The top Passing Tray facilitates intuitive retrieval, depositing and passing of devices by surgeons and scrub staff mid-procedure.




Strategically designed recesses ensure that all instruments are picked up safely avoiding the sharp tip of an object, and four suture slots provide safe containment of suture needles.




The base Counting Tray provides a convenient single location for the management of all procedural sharps including K-Wires, hypodermic needles, suture counting, scalpel storage and blade removal. An adhesive strip on the underside of the tray allows the unit to be firmly affixed to surfaces, providing a secure “neutral zone” for sharps collection




Three numbered foam strips facilitate the safe storage, counting, and disposal of suture needles, during and post procedure.




Three scalpel blade-removing pockets allow users to remove scalpel blades safely from reusable handles, and two magnetic strips on the topside of the tray enables the safe keeping of additional scalpel blades.



The Bladesafe Multi is a revolutionary design purposed for the OR; it sets new standards of safety, efficiency and usability as a designated Neutral Zone, and the time-tested design of the Passing Tray is proven to dramatically reduce hand-passing sharps injuries. We’re extremely excited to launch this new product into the US, read more about the product and watch our launch video here.


1. Jagger J, et al. Increase in Sharps injuries in Surgical Settings Versus Nonsurgical settings after Passage of National needlestick Legislation. J AM Coll Surg 2010; 210: 496-502;
2. Berguer R. Key Strategies for Eliminating Sharps Injuries During Surgery. AORN. Journal July 2011;94(1):91-96. doi: 10.1016/j.aorn.2011.05.002
3. Weiss ES, Makary MA, WangT, et al. Prevalence of blood-borne pathogens in an urban university-based general surgical practice. Ann Surg 2005;241:803–809.
4. Pamela Brown-Linzer. Compliance with hands-free technique – literature since 2001. Paper presented at AORN 2017 Global Surgical Conference & Expo.
5. Stringer B, et al. Effectiveness of the hands-free technique in reducing operating theatre injuries. Occup Environ Med 2002;59:703-707.


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Laura Wakelam

Laura Wakelam

Chief Marketing Officer

Brand and Communications Curator of Daniels Health global group of companies, Laura is a strong believer in cause-driven brand identity and honest storytelling