One use syringe could save many lives
Posted by keelynet on December 5, 2009
Another brilliant invention that could save tons of lives.
“Twenty-five years ago I read a newspaper article which said that one day, reused syringes would be one of the major causes of the spread of AIDS. I thought this was totally unacceptable and decided to do something about it. Sadly, it’s come true.
The toll from the reuse of syringes now exceeds that of malaria, with deaths due to this practice estimated at about 1.3 million each year. Every 24 seconds a child dies as a result of receiving an unsafe injection. The transmission method is crude — blood-borne viruses are transmitted from patient to patient as body fluid is transferred by reusing a needle and syringe multiple times.
My invention, the K1 Auto-Disable (AD) syringe, can only be used once and thereby helps stop the spread of blood-borne diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis. I set up Star Syringe to globally license K1. Fourteen licensees now distribute syringes to more than 70 countries, and from our sales figures, we can estimate that 9 million lives have been saved.
This syringe is as cheap as all other standard syringes — about 5 cents, a tenth of the cost of a Coca-Cola, to give you an idea — but can only be used once and will lock and break if a doctor or nurse tries to reuse it. Outside of our 14 licensees, there are another 10 factories producing single-use syringes in different designs around the world.” – Full Article SourceAdvertisements
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