Device promises injections without needles
A computerised system for injecting medicine without using needles has won an innovation award at the South by South West Interactive technology conference in Austin, Texas.
Portal Instruments’ device, which the company hopes will be on the market in the next two years, won in the health category. Needle-free injectors use a unique pressure profile to deliver vaccine as a fine stream of fluid to puncture the skin, and deliver vaccine to the proper tissue depth for intramuscular injection.
Since the first jet injectors were introduced in the 1940s, the technology has evolved to a single-use, sterile, disposable syringe used with a reusable injector. These innovative needle-free injectors have proven to be a safe and effective method of administration.
Why is Needle-Free Important?
According to OSHA, there are between 600,000-800,000 needlestick injuries every year in the U.S. alone.
Needlestick injuries can expose healthcare workers to up to 20 different blood borne pathogens including HIV and hepatitis B and/or C.
Each needlestick injury costs approximately $3,000 for lab fees, labour, post-exposure follow-ups, etc.
Eliminate needle = reduce these problems and improve the patient experience
Clear Benefits of Needle-Free Injectors
Expand Immunization Coverage
Needle-free injectors can expand influenza immunization coverage by attracting those that normally forego flu shots due to fear/anxiety of needles
Eliminate Risks of Needles
No needlestick injuries
No needle reuse
No cross-contamination or spread of infectious disease
Reduce Health Care Costs
No need for sharps management and disposal costs
Eliminate costs for needlestick injury testing and treatment
Protect Patient and Practitioner; Better Patient Experience
Safe, auto-disabling, needle-free syringe