WHO encourages innovation for safer infections
A press release by the WHO explains that new injection safety guidelines and policy 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. We tried to visualise the problem and potential solutions.
Simple technical changes to the syringes we know could protect workers and patients from infections.
Dr Gottfried Hirnschall, Director of the WHO HIV/AIDS Department:
“Adoption of safety-engineered syringes is absolutely critical to protecting people worldwide from becoming infected with HIV, hepatitis and other diseases. This should be an urgent priority for all countries”
The team at University of Huddersfield invented a new syringe technology that makes invisible risk, visible. Two technologies, Colourimetric inks and modified atmosphere packaging (originally used in food processing industries to minimize product deterioration and to prolong shelf life) make the syringe change color and warn the user not to reuse it.
Chris Natt designed a unique hypodermic syringe that is a "self contained, cartridge driven injection system that utilises a flexible diaphragm instead of a traditional barrel syringe." It reduces the spread of infection by preventing accidental needle puncture, while also including patented anti re-use technology. Natt’s project has been running since 2012 and was developed with a group of MBA students at Design London.
Aimed for low-resource settings, the system prevents reuse of syringes and transmission of bloodborne diseases via minimizing waste. The device innovation is a compact system that allows delivery of vaccines and other medications.