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Over a million reasons to re-invent the syringe

I came across this TED Talk by Marc Koska ‘1.3 millions reasons to re-invent the syringe’ via Dr Shock’s blog.  Dr Shock is Walter van den Broek, a Dutch psychiatrist working in a University Hospital specialising in the treatment of depression.  He also has a very keen interest in medical education and blogs about this and psychiatry.  If you have an interest in either of these areas it’s worth keeping an eye on his blog and subscribing to the RSS feed.  You can also follow Dr Shock on Twitter.

Marc Koska’s TED Talk highlights the problem with the re-use of syringes and the role this plays in spreading infection such as HIV.  Watching this reminded me of the stories I heard of cleaners gathering used syringes and selling them on, when I worked in Romania on a multi-disciplinary training programme run by the Ministry of Health and UNICEF back in the early 1990s.  Koska’s new syringe has been developed to prevent re-use.  This short video is perhaps one to add to the wiki developed by one of our students over the summer which is full of helpful resources and information to help prepare students for electives in resource poor countries.  You can can acess this wiki in Blackboard.


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  1. dundeechest
    October 28, 2009 at 20:33

    That’s awesome, Nats. It’s simple solutions to big problems like this that really make such a massive difference.

    It’s a lesson to us all, that if we want to make big changes, keep it simple, keep it small, keep it achievable.

  1. June 20, 2010 at 13:34

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