Good design can save a life—maybe even millions of them. That’s the hope that Dr. David Swann has for his ABC Syringe (A Behavior Changing Syringe), a nominee this year for the INDEX: Award, an award that recognizes design that improves life across the globe. With the knowledge that unsafe needle practices lead to 1.3 million unnecessary deaths each year, Swann, a design professor at the University of Huddersfield in the UK, has designed a syringe with a casing that changes its color to warn the user of prior contamination.
Coated with an ink that reacts to CO2 exposure, the syringe casing turns bright red 60 seconds after it’s removed from its nitrogen-filled packaging—clearly signaling danger to both the literate and illiterate, adults as well as children. Best of all, an ABC syringe costs only marginally more than a standard syringe—making its design not just good in theory, but one with viable practical application as well.
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