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Fulcrum Inventions

We’ve invented and developed products that are used globally every day. We have over 40 patents and patents pending in our names.

 

Our inventions help to address pressing issues like preventing needlestick injuries in health care workers, preventing syringe reuse in the developing world, and improving health care delivery.

  • Preventing Unsafe Injections
  • Improving Healthcare
  • Protecting Healthcare Workers

Preventing Syringe Reuse

Reusing hypodermic syringes is the number one contributor to the spread of HIV/AIDS in the developing world. Millions of people are potentially affected each year. Fulcrum members invented and contributed to the development of syringe reuse prevention products. One of these devices, the BD SoloShot VX™, provides clinical flexibility by allowing variable dosing and drug reconstitution, then automatically locking after injection.

 

Reuse of single-use medical devices, including syringes and medication bags and vials, is gaining recognition as a developed world issue, too. Fulcrum principals are at the forefront of work to stop this growing problem. For more information on safe injection practices, visit the One and Only Campaign or the HonorReform Foundation.

 

BD™ and SoloShot® are trademarks of Becton, Dickinson, and Company.

Improving Health Care Delivery

Anyone working in the OR during hip and knee replacement surgeries knows that fatigue in surgical assistants is a big issue. These assistants need to manually hold the tissue retractors placed around the surgical incision, sometimes for hours, so that the surgeon can do his or her work. Fulcrum members worked with the start-up company that invented a clever solution for an electromechanical device to do this task, helping them take the product concept from novel idea to market reality.

 

PositionOR® is a trademark of Surgical Concept Designs, LLC.

Protecting Healthcare Workers

Ten years ago, experts estimated that 800,000 health care workers annually experienced needlestick injuries while caring for patients.

 

These injuries sometimes transmitted bloodborne pathogens, like Hepatitis and HIV (read more at the University of Virginia International Healthcare Worker Safety Center).

 

Fulcrum principals designed and developed some of the most popular devices used today to prevent these injuries. One of these devices, the BD SafetyGlide™ Needle, is a multiple design award winner, and is the number one selling safety injection needle in the world. Fulcrum principal Rich Caizza was named the 2010 NJ Inventor’s Hall of Fame Inventor of the Year for his contribution to this design.  Fulcrum principal Jon Bell is named inventor on numerous improvements to safety-engineered needle devices and sharps disposal products.

 

BD™ and SafetyGlide™ are trademarks of Becton, Dickinson, and Company.