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A device created by 11-year-old William Grame from Canberra, Australia can hygienically store used blood test strips of diabetics and properly dispose of them once a week. His invention won him Origin’s nationwide littleBIGidea competition in Sydney. As a part of his prize, he’ll be heading off to the US to visit NASA.
Grame has been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, which he said inspired him to create the diabetes test-strip disposal device. Grame developed the device that works as a disposal unit to store strips throughout the day and let the user dispose wastes after it fills up. The device can fit inside the portable test kit of diabetics and can store about 50 test strips.
Diabetics use test strips regularly to check their blood sugar levels by pricking a finger and placing a dot of blood on the strip. The process may lead to improper disposal of the used strips, as Grame mentioned his experience of constantly getting in trouble for failure to dispose the strips properly.
“I always get into trouble for leaving my blood test strips around the house because I have to test my blood up to 10 times a day, which adds up to lots and lots of test strips,” he said. The diabetes test-strip device would be “important to diabetics because they always get in trouble for leaving their test strips everywhere,” he added.
380 million people have diabetes across the world who are using test strips regularly, some as frequent as at least a few times a day. Grame designed the blueprint of the 3D-printed device, and the judges said that it would be easy to be in commercial production.
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