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Here is why you need to stop using Metal Wartenberg Pinwheels, NOW!

Updated: Dec 10, 2021


Arm with bacteria and infections with rolling metal medical pinwheel
Bacteria and other pathogens can be transmitted using metal Wartenberg pinwheels.

Getting an infection at the hospital? Dirty equipment may be the source.


Contaminated medical devices have sickened hundreds of hospital patients across the United States and elsewhere in recent years, leading to complications and sometimes death. According to CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), Major reasons for infection transmission in patients were inadequate cleaning, improper selection of a disinfecting agent, and failure to follow cleaning and disinfection procedures for medical devices.

Unclean medical instruments and devices are nothing new. The reasons include: Difficulty of cleaning some tools (like Metal Wartenberg pinwheels which have small parts and narrow spacing between spikes), the time-consuming task it represents to clean all instruments in a facility, and the inadequate training of employees tasked with cleaning them.


Physicians use Wartenberg Pinwheels to diagnose nerve damage or dysfunction, rolling the very same spiked wheel over dozens of patients’ bare skin every day, thereby potentially increasing the risk of infection.

To prevent the spread of health-care-associated infections, Wartenberg Pinwheels must be properly cleaned but here’s where it gets most concerning: How can you truly trust that the tools and instruments you use are always adequately sterilized and free from harmful bacteria, viruses, and much more that could go into a person’s body?


All hospitals and medical providers follow very strict procedures to protect their patients from infections but, unfortunately, that doesn’t mean that all equipment is 100% sanitary all the time, and let’s not forget about the fact that your facility may be liable for the health problems you cause your patient just for failing to sanitize or check your device. For example, you may have to pay to treat a person’s infection or disease if one occurred as a result of dirty equipment.


And to think all of this could happen just with the pinch of the metal wheel…

Is such a high-risk worth taking?


Take the safest choice for you, your practice, and your patients. Eliminate all risks of pathogen transmission, and the time-consuming task of sterilization. Join the new generation of single-use Wartenberg Pinwheels, 100% recyclable plastic and latex-free here.


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