SMART SAFETY SYRINGE
There has long been a demand for a cheap, single use syringe that can be safely disposed of without the risk of accidental needlestick injuries that may transfer HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and other blood borne diseases. Governments throughout the world are responding to this threat by legislating on the use of safe syringes.
Commodious were approached to help design and patent a unique safety syringe that meets all the requirements of the different legislation around the world.
Our assistance has included:
- Venture capital
- Project management
- Prototyping using latest 3D printing technology
- Supplier sourcing
- Patent application
The design has major benefits over a standard syringe in that the needle retracts into the syringe housing after use, eliminating needlestick injuries and helping prevent the spread of communicable diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis.
The key focus of this project was to ensure that the life saving design could be in production quickly and at similar manufacturing costs to current standard syringes.
To achieve these goals, the product has been carefully designed to use many of the existing components currently produced by manufacturers all over the world.
Utilising existing components has many advantages:
- Reduced time to market as minimal prototyping time required
- Reduced manufacturing costs as existing components can be used
- Simplified medical registration processes as only a modification of existing registered units is required.
On 23rd February 2015 the World Health Organisation called for the use of smart syringes:
A 2014 study sponsored by WHO, which focused on the most recent available data, estimated that in 2010, up to 1.7 million people were infected with hepatitis B virus, up to 315 000 with hepatitis C virus and as many as 33 800 with HIV through an unsafe injection. New WHO injection safety guidelines and policy released today provide detailed recommendations highlighting the value of safety features for syringes, including devices that protect health workers against accidental needle injury and consequent exposure to infection.
The full article can be read here.