Evaluating Strength, Sharpness and Detection of Swine-use Hypodermic Needles

The study aimed to provide the U.S. swine industry complete documents outlining all veterinary-used hypodermic needles of 16, 18, 20 and 22 gauge and ranging from half-inch to two inches in length.

Key points:

  • Needle detection differences between all X-Ray (62.5 percent) and all magnetic-based (21.4 percent) detectors were significant.
  • Needle detection using X-Ray based detectors varied widely. Therefore, some level of standardization is required to improve the outcome.
  • Having needles end up as a physical hazard in pork today is most likely the result of needle misuse as was shown previously.

Read the full March/April 2017 issue of Research Review