Research Project: Huber Needle Coring Issues
Huber needles are used to administer fluids and drugs, as well as to sample blood through a surgically implanted port. This type of needle is expected to perforate the port septum without removing material, known as a core, from the septum. DSFM investigations of the properties of coring and non-coring Huber needles contributed to the FDA decision to issue a Class I recall of millions of Huber needles. DSFM is now working to develop a standardized coring test that can be used to ensure that marketed Huber needles do not core.