A needle disposal or sharps container is just that, a plastic or metal bucket used to clear any cutting hazards that could be contaminated or contain blood residues. They are important to keep in places where injection or cutting devices are commonly used and are part of the immediate standard procedure of sharps disposal. Needles must be dropped into the sharps containers without touching the edges or outside of the bowl. To prevent needlestick injuries or any damages to the container, needles or sharps should never be pushed or forced into the container.
The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of Trevo clot retrieval device to treat certain stroke patients up to 24 hours after symptom onset, expanding the device's indication to a broader group of patients.