Worried if injected needle safe? PGI doc comes up with panacea

  • Vishav Bharti, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Oct 27, 2014 14:18 IST

Ever wondered if the syringe being injected to you is new, as required. Soon, one can have irrefutable proof that the syringe is safe. A doctor from the gastroenterology department at the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, has developed a syringe which once used for collection of blood can easily be identified as such.

The newly developed device was presented at the Idea Bazaar on Saturday during the annual research day celebrations at PGI. It was one of the 15 shortlisted presentations of the 50 entries which the PGI administration received for Idea Bazzar and remained one of the main attractions.

Dr Reddy, the device-maker, said his invention would ensure the syringes are not used again.

Besides, he has also developed a unique feeding tube for patients who are suffering with gastrointestinal obstruction.

Another research which remained centre of attraction was by Dr Ramandeep Singh from the advanced eye centre. He has developed a new technique for removal of glass from eye. It is a common problem in road accident trauma cases that small particles of glass are found in the victims’ eyes. Surgeons face the challenge of removing glass from the eyes. The new technique will make the whole process quite simple.

Dr Rajesh Gupta of the general surgery department has developed a new technique for management of pancreatic necrosis — a sudden inflammation of the pancreas. Dr Gupta has developed a technique under which it can be treated with the use of streptokinase. Streptokinase is an enzyme used for dissolving clots in blood vessels.

Dr Sukhwinder Kaur, a teacher at the National Institute of Nursing Education (NINE), has developed a novel heat therapy technique to minimise labour pain.

Know the doctor

Dr Yalaka Rami Reddy is an assistant professor at the department of gastroenterology, PGIMER. He has applied for a patent of the syringe also and looking for manufacturers.

How the syringe works

Known as ‘solid bore needle and syringe’, once you draw blood sample into the syringe, the blood goes into spiral canals within the outer wall of the syringe through capillary action and clots within minutes. This becomes visible against white background in specialised zones and indicates prior use.

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