Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) is a scientific approach and practical solution designed to prevent harm caused by infection to patients and healthcare workers. It is grounded in infectious diseases, epidemiology, social science and health system strengthening. The current global situation highlights the importance of measures that can be taken to prevent the spread of infection

No country or healthcare facility, even within the most advanced and sophisticated healthcare systems, can claim to be free of the problem of healthcare associated infections. The need for having IPC programmes nationally and at the facility level is high and is clearly reinforced within the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) 100 Core Health Indicators list.

NeedleSmart is market leading, patented needle destruction technology engineered in the UK. NeedleSmart devices heat hypodermic needles to over 1,300°C before compressing them into a ball. It takes just a fraction of a second to convert a sharp needle into a sterile sphere of metal. Heating the needle to an excess of 1300°C means all potential harmful pathogens, virus and bacteria adhering to the needle are killed. Glasgow Caledonian University conducted a number of studies using NeedleSmart devices with further independent TMQA oversight, and found the following:

Infection Prevention

  • Provides Microbial and Viral safety.
  • Heats the needle to 1300°C and destroys completely viruses, bacteria and other microorganisms.
  • Independently validated at Glasgow Caledonian University with further independent TMQA oversight.


  • Virus study using a thermoresistant Parvovirus and Retrovirus, serving as a model for the AIDS virus.
  • Air surrounding the device was sampled during the destruction of ~50 needles containing over one million infectious viruses of each type.
  • Conclusion: No infectious virus particles (PPV or MuLV) were detected in the wash bottle connected to the extraction hood, indicating that the NeedleSmart device does not produce infectious aerosolized particles when contaminated needles are destroyed.
  • Swabs from inside the device also test negative for infectious (PPV & MuLV) virus.

Needle Sterility

  • Study conducted to determine if bacteria on the outside of the needle are destroyed.
  • A high concentration of thermoresistant bacteria were drawn into the needle and coated the outside of the needle.
  • After NeedleSmart treatment at 1300°C no infectious bacteria were detected on the melted needle.
  • NeedleSmart treatment denatures all proteins including prions.

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