The National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) in the UK has urged medical device manufacturers to produce safer devices for injecting patients in veins and in the spine.

The NPSA has asked all NHS organisations across England and Wales to stop the use of luer universal connectors and intravenous infusion spikes in spinal, epidural and regional devices by April 2011, according to The Press Association.

The NPSA said spinal procedures and lumbar puncture samples should be carried out using syringes, needles or other devices with connectors that will not also connect with luer connectors, the news service said.