The ABC Syringe starts off as a clear injection implement, but when it’s exposed to oxygen, the barrel of it turns red, signifying it’s potentially been contaminated.
An estimated 1.3 million people die annually worldwide as the result of contact with an unsafe syringe, so a doctor from England has come up with an easy, affordable solution.
He’d designed what he calls the ABC Syringe.
It starts off as a clear injection implement packed with nitrogen, but when it’s exposed to oxygen, the ink in the body of it turns red, signifying it’s potentially been contaminated.
The doctor’s already tested it in India, where hospitals are known to buy used syringes to cut costs resulting in about 2 and a half billion dangerous injections a year.
He reported that 100 percent of those involved in his trial were able to accurately identify the red syringe as being potentially harmful.
His findings are particularly valuable because India is one of the country’s most desperately in need of his invention.
If used in a scant 5 percent of the injections there, the ABC syringe could save its citizens from 700 thousand infections and 130 million dollars in health costs.
Making the syringes would only cost 1 percent more than those in common use.