July 6, 2010
Danish maternity ward increases patient safety with Radiometer plastic capillary
For many years, the Gynecological and Obstetrics Dept. at the Hvidovre Hospital in Denmark used glass capillary tubes to draw fetal scalp blood samples.
However, safety concerns related to the risk of breakage of glass capillaries led the department to use Radiometer plastic capillaries instead, increasing the safety of mothers and babies alike.
The Hvidovre Hospital is not alone. To reduce the risk of injury due to breakage of capillary tubes, many international organizations like the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
recommend that users consider blood collection devices less prone to accidental breakage, including capillary tubes that are not made of glass.
to see the interview with Dr Tom Weber from the Hvidovre Hospital (2.26 min)