Metier Medical Limited Larry Minix (designer)-Safe-T-Clip ™ Safety Mechanism For Hypodermic Needle

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Interview with Metier Medical Limited Larry Minix (Designer) : Frank Scott: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?. Metier Medical Limited Larry Minix (Designer) : To provide a high quality, simple to use sharps injury prevention feature built into a hypodermic needle that would provide assurance that the safety feature would lock solidly and securely over the needle after injection to safeguard the healthcare worker against the daily risk of needlestick injury. .Frank Scott: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?. Metier Medical Limited Larry Minix (Designer) : A secure locking mechanism which would prevent any possibility of the safety cover being pulled back from the needle after activation (a flaw that was identified in similar products). The focus was to provide for a locking design at the base of the safety cover in addition to the locks contained within the safety cover which are designed to lock over the needle. The design of the locking system at the base needed to be such that once activated, release of the lock was impossible therefore preventing any liklihood of the cover being pulled back from the needle after activation. .Frank Scott: What are your future plans for this award winning design?. Metier Medical Limited Larry Minix (Designer) : The Company has identified practical uses of the Secure-Lok ® for other safety products currently under development. .Frank Scott: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?. Metier Medical Limited Larry Minix (Designer) : Approximately 6 months. .Frank Scott: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?. Metier Medical Limited Larry Minix (Designer) : During research of the Company's version 1 safety needle, it was identified that with a little force the safety cover could actually be pulled away from the needle after activation. This also applied to other products which were in the market. With the assistance of the Company's Director, Larry Minix work commenced on a locking design which would prevent any ability for the cover to be released from its locked position. .Frank Scott: Is your design being produced or used by another company, or do you plan to sell or lease the production rights or do you intent to produce your work yourself?. Metier Medical Limited Larry Minix (Designer) : As the Secure-Lok ® has a patent pending, the Company has a licence agreement in place with a manufacturing partner. .Frank Scott: What made you design this particular type of work?. Metier Medical Limited Larry Minix (Designer) : A motivation to provide quality safety products. .Frank Scott: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?. Metier Medical Limited Larry Minix (Designer) : Yes, flaws in the locking capabilities of competitive product. .Frank Scott: Who is the target customer for his design?. Metier Medical Limited Larry Minix (Designer) : hospitals, clinics, aged care facilities .Frank Scott: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?. Metier Medical Limited Larry Minix (Designer) : The design of the mushroom shaped locking apertures and locking heads which in their design, once activated cannot be released. .Frank Scott: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?. Metier Medical Limited Larry Minix (Designer) : The name Secure-Lok ® identifies the fact that the enhanced locking on the cover will provide secure locking and assurance for the healthcare worker that the device will not release once activated. .Frank Scott: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?. Metier Medical Limited Larry Minix (Designer) : The principal of zip tie was the basis of the concept where the lock cannot be pulled back. .Frank Scott: What is the most unique aspect of your design?. Metier Medical Limited Larry Minix (Designer) : The mushroom shaped locking apertures and locking heads. .Frank Scott: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?. Metier Medical Limited Larry Minix (Designer) : Engineers were engaged to formulate the technical specifications and produce a working prototype. Two designs were initially trialled, one rectangular and the other mushroom shaped apertures and heads. The rectangular design was not nearly as effective as the mushroom shaped design. .Frank Scott: What is the role of technology in this particular design?. Metier Medical Limited Larry Minix (Designer) : To produce such a locking mechanism attached to the base of a needle which would activate successfully in conjunction with two additional locking mechanisms located within the body of the needle cover. .Frank Scott: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?. Metier Medical Limited Larry Minix (Designer) : Initially the design was inflenced through market research when developing our version 1 needle and feedback on the design and ineffective locking mechanisms of other product in the market. .Frank Scott: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?. Metier Medical Limited Larry Minix (Designer) : Ensuring that the two separate locking systems worked effectively together - adjustments were required to perfect the simultaneous action. Avoiding too much bulkiness at the base with the Secure-Lok ® to fit with our slimline design and ensuring it still provided for a clear view of the injection site for the healthcare worker. .Frank Scott: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?. Metier Medical Limited Larry Minix (Designer) : The idea was suggested to us because of its unique design and enhanced safety. .Frank Scott: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?. Metier Medical Limited Larry Minix (Designer) : We were able to identify that whilst the market requires cost effective product it also requires quality and a product that does as it says in providing the assurance of safety for the healthcare worker. .Frank Scott: Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?. Metier Medical Limited Larry Minix (Designer) : No .

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