Hammer-Plane, Inc.

The “Needletrap”

Ideas Made Real:

  • blood-gas hypodermic sharps containment device.

About the Project:

Hammer-Plane, Inc.’s blood-gas hypodermic sharps containment device (dubbed “NeedleTrap”) was a technical and user success that essentially eliminated the potential for accidental hypodermic needle sticks – a billion dollar problem for the healthcare industry. This device did not reach the market in numbers sufficient enough to make a difference largely because the entrenched brands did not wish to increase their Blood-Gas kit costs by a paltry $0.05, and hospitals did not want to buy it separately.