Andhra Pradesh is set to become first state in India to use auto-disable syringes for all clinical purposes to prevent infection. The state will enforce this decision from will from the World Hepatitis Day, observed every year on July 28.
Auto Disable Syringe is medical syringe that cannot be reused. They incorporate mechanism to break or lock syringe plunger when injection is given to make syringe inoperable for being used for second time.
Andhra Pradesh’s decision will ensure one injection will be given from one syringe by mandating universal usage of auto-disable syringes in all clinical and therapeutic cases as part of infection prevention. It will help in strengthening and lowering burden of infections by breaking cycle of cross infection.