The Single-Use Syringe Will Help Prevent Unsafe Injections

February 24, 2015 12:17 AM

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The Single-Use Syringe Will Help Prevent Unsafe Injections

In 1997, artist and inventor Marc Koska sold the first Lifesaver Syringe. His own invention, the single-use syringe, automatically breaks apart after one use. According to the World Health Organization, 1.3 million people die each year as a result of dirty syringes. But up until 1998, the World Health Organization’s policies in developing countries still allowed syringes to resterilized and reused up to 200 times. For the past couple of decades, Koska—with his organization, SafePoint— has been advocating against these practices and marketing the single-use syringe as a solution to prevent the spread of preventable diseases all around the world.

“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,” says Dr Gottfried Hirnschall, Director of the WHO HIV/AIDS Department, in the press relea...

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