Needlestick prevention inventor wins big at convention

A needle that automatically caps itself after use has attracted interest from manufacturers to mass-produce them from less than NT$3 per unit.

The medical device that automatically caps needles after use, designed by Tzu Chi University of Science and Technology nursing professor Lin Chu-chun and her students, won a gold medal and a special award.

The device protects medical professionals from needle-stick injuries by eliminating the window of vulnerability between using a syringe and capping it, she said.

Taiwanese manufacturers have expressed interest in commercial application and mass production for the domestic market, which buys 5 million needles annually, reducing the cost of each needle to less than NT$3, Lin said.



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