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Medicines 2018, 5(2), 50;

Mini-Review: Assessing the Potential Impact of Microneedle Technologies on Home Healthcare Applications

School of Engineering, Ulster University, Jordanstown BT37 0QB, UK
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Received: 14 May 2018 / Revised: 4 June 2018 / Accepted: 5 June 2018 / Published: 8 June 2018
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The increasing devolution of healthcare towards community care has meant that the management of many conditions is conducted within the home either by community nurses or by the patients themselves. The administration of medicines within home healthcare scenarios can however be problematic—especially when considering the delivery of medicines through injection. The possibility of needlestick injury (NSI) has become an ever-present hazard within healthcare settings, with a significant proportion of percutaneous injuries occurring during the handling and disposal of the needle. The emergence of transdermal microneedle systems, however, offers a potentially revolutionary advance and could dramatically improve safety—particularly within home healthcare where there are mounting concerns over the use and disposal of sharps. A mini-review of the advantages proffered by microneedle drug delivery technologies is presented and the potential impact on delivery of medicines within the home is critically appraised. View Full-Text
Keywords: microneedle; transdermal; needlestick; sharps disposal; bloodborne pathogen microneedle; transdermal; needlestick; sharps disposal; bloodborne pathogen

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