Snapit wins the La Salle Matrix Thinking Award
13 June 2008
Glen Riverstone (Qlicksmart) accepts the La Salle Matrix Thinking Award from Roger La Salle (left)

A nifty device that looks like a mini torch and has the potential to save lives by preventing sharps injuries, is one of three winners at INNOVIC's Next Big Thing Award™ 2008.

The Snapit™ is a colourful, reuseable, handheld device that safely opens glass ampoules.

It has taken out the La Salle Matrix Thinking Award for its innovative solution to the dangerous current practice of simple snapping the glass ampoules.

Millions of these ampoules are used in procedures each year with everything from vaccinations to beauty treatments such as botox.

Ms Joss Evans, CEO of INNOVIC, the not-for-profit organisation that runs the Next Big Thing Award said medical staff would welcome the Snapit.

"Each year millions of medical procedures from vaccinations to beauty treatments such as botox are undertaken that involve the use of glass ampoules. Most injections are given using freshly opened ampoules", she said.

"The simple task of opening them is now a safer one".

Twenty-four year old Queenslander, Glen Riverstone, first devised the idea while working as a nurse.

"In my first year working in the emergency department I cut myself on a glass ampoule and realised immediately the opportunity for a safer practice," Mr Riverstone said.