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The students develop a pre-filled syringe for vaccines

Young people are trying to reduce the amount of waste generated by the vaccination process.

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April 5, 2021 2 min read

This article was translated using AI technologies from our Spanish edition. Errors can occur due to this process.

Ithzel Cerón and Daniel López, Industrial design students at Tec de Monterrey on the Mexico City campus developed a pre-filled syringe for vaccination.

HELIX search is only designed for manufacture with a thermally curable UV silicone, a highly resistant material. Currently, a conventional syringe is made up of five materials: steel, polyethylene, rubber, resin, glue, and thermal dye, which makes it difficult to process a hybrid.

“This project was started because we have realized all the waste generated by a vaccine: the syringe, the vial and the drug are delivered in different packaging. In this way, we proposed a design in which the same syringe is already pre-filled with the medicine to save us all this unnecessary packaging, ”explains Daniel López.

Image: Courtesy of HELIX

The advantages of this syringe include that it incorporates markings introduced by the World Health Organization (WHO) in its design and makes better use of the comfort and work opportunities for health workers.

“The waste from vaccination has to be incinerated because of the risk of contamination, so it is difficult to recycle these materials. We have found that it is easier to generate a syringe you are using and throw it as it is, so we avoid risk and save processes for those who use it. When disposing of a normal syringe, the waste has to be separated, a complicated and risky process for health workers, “said Itzhel Cerón.

HELIX, which is still under development, can be compressed to only 30% of the space compared to the conventional syringe, which makes storage easier and safer.

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