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Life Saving Design: Coke Can Syringe Disposal

I lifted this from our good friend Jose over at Little Devices that Could. It was part of the INDEX: Design to Improve Life competition (see People’s Choice Award 2007). Business Week has a full profile of this invention that you should see for clear pictures and a description of the safe locking mechanism. Also the comments section bring up some good questions about using a soda can for disposal. Check out the BW story: Life-Saving Design.


The Problem:
According to the WHO, some 16 billion injections are administered globally. In 2005, contaminated needles led to 260,000 HIV infections, 1.3 million early deaths, and 23 million cases of hepatitis. WHO researchers estimate that as many as 50% of injections in developing countries might be unsafe.

One Solution:
Antivirus, the simple design she came up with as a result of her childhood ordeal, just scooped the People’s Choice prize at the prestigious Index: Awards, touted by organizers as the world’s largest design prize…Antivirus is a lightweight plastic cap that fastens to any metal soft drink or beer can, which medics can use to remove and sequester dangerous syringes…The straightforward concept transforms a ubiquitous piece of trash into a potentially life-saving device. See more at Business Week.

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Written by Aman

October 1, 2007 at 7:35 pm

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