ProTekt Product Information
Over a decade ago, Diamatrix started a revolution in the industry with the introduction of the first ophthalmic sharps safety knife. Today, we continue our tradition of being a leader in sharps safety technology with a broad range of blade configurations and handle designs.
ProTekt™ Sharps Safety Knives possess unequaled sharpness, multi-use availability, and Sharps Safety features. We believe these knives represent the finest available to the ophthalmic surgeon.
Diamatrix ProTekt®Multi-Use Ophthalmic Sharps Safety knife is the only multi-use guarded knife available on the market. Our ProTekt®knives are equipped with a sliding protection sheath to address and conform to the various regulatory requirements regarding Needlestick Injury Prevention. These knives may be reprocessed. However, sound professional judgement must always be used in determining if a device is fit for use.
For those facilities choosing not to reprocess their ophthalmic knives, we offer Diamatrix’s ProTekt®Single-Use Sharps Safety Knife. Designed to protect surgeons, nurses, and patients; our Patented design ProTekt®Sharps Safety Knives provide perfect incisions, CMS compliance and OSHA compliance.
Diamatrix: A pioneer in Ophthalmic Sharps Safety
Occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens from needlesticks and other sharps injuries is a serious problem, resulting in approximately 385,000 needlesticks and other sharps-related injuries to hospital-based healthcare personnel each year. Exposure Prevention Information Network (EPINET) data shows that needlestick injuries occur most frequently in the operating room and in patient rooms.
Diamatrix is proud to be a leader in the ophthalmic community, being one of the first companies listed as a supplier on the International Healthcare Worker Safety Center Safety-engineered device list. We continue to lead the way in the ophthalmic industry with our line of ProTekt™ Sharps Safety stainless steel knives. The literature, video and links below will help your facility with the implementation of a sharps safety program that will be to everyone’s benefit.
Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act: Frequently Asked Questions
Who must comply?
Facilities where employees may be exposed to blood or other potentially infectious materials, including:
• Surgery Centers
• Physician Offices
What must I do to be in compliance?
• Create a Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control Plan.
• Solicit non-managerial input in the selection of sharps safety devices.
• Document the consideration and implementation of sharps safety devices.
• Continually evaluate the effectiveness of engineering controls.
• Maintain a sharps injury log.
• Review the Compliance Directive to determine others
We currently use sharps devices that are in procuedural packs per our contract. Does this justify not employing sharps-safe devices?
No. Contractual obligations do not exempt a facility from complying with the standard if a sharps-safe device is feasible and commercially available.
Our surgeon simply prefers their existing non-sharps-safety scapel. Is that reason enough to justify not employing the sharps-safe device?
No. As long as the sharps-safe device is feasible and commercially available it must be used, regardless of individual preferences.
How is OSHA enforcing the new law?
OSHA enforcement is via on-site inspections and the issuance of citations and fines when facilities are determined to be out of compliance. Each citation can warrant a fine of up to $7,000, and blatant violations can lead to fines as high as $70,000.