Quote from newexcitednurse
Altra. I saw something online about it being used by facilities for drug diversion control but I am not sure how or why.
When they first came out in the late 80s
, the packaging allowed for only the unit being removed to have the seal broken- so it was easier to see at a quick glance if something was missing. Not like the boxes of 25 ampules or vials (vials being easier for diversion, as some would refill with normal saline and somehow reattach the plastic top well enough to get by). There was a grouping of 5 units per plastic "frame"- the top plastic notch was sort of like the old cassette tape (or VHS tape) tabs- and once removed, not replaced without being obvious. Tubex
units had fairly flexible rubber covers over the needles; Carpuject
had the hard plastic- two different brands, that were not interchangeable in the holders when they came out ( I think Tubex was first, as Carpuject became somewhat more preferred because of the removable needle unit, and ability to use it as a vial). Tubexes didn't have the option to remove the needle (so not a needleless system in the 80s, though were viewed as preferable with the growing AIDS problem in the mid- late 80s, and the acceptance of Universal Precautions, and not recapping syringes).
Needleless systems didn't really become standard until the mid-late 90s... whether hospital, LTC, or other healthcare setting.