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Snapit Ampoule Opener


Product Description

This easy-to-use multi-use ampoule opener avoids the unacceptable sharps injury rates seen when ampoules are opened by hand. No one should break glass with their hands. 26% of sharps injuries are from opening an ampoule or broken ampoules.

Pocket Size opens the following Ampol Sizes:


Trolley Edition (regular)


Trolley Edition (large)


The trolley models have a flat side to prevent it from rolling around.

Reusable and washable.

This patented safety innovation ensures safe and easy opening of glass ampoules, minimising risk of injury. The Snapit Solution is simple, safe and cost effective.

In this video Maysoon will demonstrate the SnapIT safely opening an ampoule with no mess and no fuss. She will also go through the applications of the product as well as the available branding options.

Product Details

Product Code: QS-SNAPIT

Snap it, simply and safely! With SnapIT you can safely:

1. INSERT the ampoule lid into your multi-use SnapIT

2. SNAP open the ampoule

3. EJECT the ampoule lid directly into a sharps container

SnapIT avoids ampoule sharps injuries by keeping both hands away from the sharp edges during ampoule opening. One hand holds the base of the ampoule while the other hand simply uses the SnapIT to snap off the ampoule lid. The ampoule lid is contained safely within the SnapIT until ejected.

Glass ampoules - pluses and minuses

Millions of tamperproof glass ampoules are used each year in health care and related practice to contain pharmaceuticals. The practical benefits are clear but resulting sharps injury rates have always been significant.

Healthcare workers in the United States alone report between 600,000 and 1 million sharps injuries per year. Many more go unreported.1 Over one quarter of sharps injuries occur while opening glass ampoules. When the neck of an ampoule is snapped during opening the very sharp edge on the ampoule and the ampoule lid can cause serious cuts. The costs of injuries is high and include suture of laceration, weeks of rehabilitation and loss of salary.

Avoid being part of the alarming statistics

One in three nurses have experienced an injury while opening a glass ampoule.2 Ampoule sharps injuries are painful, distressing, susceptible to blood borne pathogens such as HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C, and deep cuts can even require suture, microsurgery and extensive rehabilitation.

  • 26% of needlestick and sharps injuries (NSIs) were due to opening an ampoule or broken ampoules.
  • Most frequently reported circumstances of sharps injuries were opening of ampoules and vials.
  • Opening ampoules is a particularly high-risk event. 22% and 4% of needlestick and sharps injuries (NSIs) were caused by opening an ampoule or broken ampoules.
  • 54% of incidents to anaesthesia personnel were caused by broken ampoules.
  • Occurring in approximately 6% of anaesthetic sessions, the incidence of hand laceration as a result of opening glass ampoules is significant. The prevalence of old hand injury was 26% (25 in 97) of anaesthetic sessions.

Workplace health and safety

An employer shall, as required by work place health and safety laws, provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to shields from workplace hazards. More than 50% of ampoule users have experienced a cut5 and one in four in an anaesthetic session has prevalence of old hand injury.6

Ampoule sharps injuries are a serious occupational health and safety hazard. When the neck of an ampoule is snapped during opening the very sharp edge on the ampoule and the ampoule lid can cause serious cuts.

  • Most people who work with ampoules have suffered an ampoule sharps injury. SnapIT provides an essential safety solution to:
  • Provide best practice occupational health and safety
  • Avoid infection and contamination risk caused by sharps injuries
  • Reduce time lost to sharps injuries
  • Ensure a safe and effortless ampoule open every time due to the extended lever action
  • Prevent wastage of expensive medication contained in ampoules.

This is all you need:

SnapIT is available in two slimline cylindrical designs.

  • Trolley Edition for team use featuring a flat side so it can lay on a bench top or trolley without falling over or rolling away
  • Pocket Edition for personal use on a key ring, hung from a lanyard or kept in your pocket.

With two sizes and flexible O-rings, SnapIT can open almost all sizes of glass ampoules that are commonly used.

Not just effective, it is cost effective

Once off purchase of the multi-use SnapIT immediately improves safety and delivers ongoing savings by reducing injury costs, overcoming the need for more expensive solutions and avoiding the wastage, cost and environmental impact of single use ampoule openers. The cost of opening an ampoule can be as low as one cent.

The only replacement required is the silicon O-ring, and this is only required if it has been cut by glass fragments. Everytime you replace an O-ring means that you have avoided one injury.

Product edition


Trolley edition

Trolley edition

Product size




Compatible ampoule sizes*

1-2ml, 5-10ml, 10-15ml (common sizes)

1-2ml, 5-10ml, 10-15ml (common sizes)

5-10ml, 10-15ml, 20-25ml (large sizes)

Product code




Colour range

Blue, Purple



GMDN code



Anodised aluminium (Snapit body)

Silicon rubber (O-ring)








Multi-use. O-ring can be replaced if lost or broken.

* Compatibility depends on the ampoule's geometry and the diameter of the ampoule lid. Ampoules of the same size can have a different geometry and ampoule lid diameter. The ampoule size in mls is only used as a guideline.

Pocket-Size SnapIT

  • Slim lightweight design
  • Used on a key ring, hung from a lanyard, or kept in your pocket, this is ideal as a personal safety item.



Colour range: blue, purple


Trolley Edition SnapIT

  • Has a flat side for convenience
  • Tuck it in a drawer, lay it on a bench top or trolley and it won't fall over or roll away. Ideal for all workplaces.

Pair (TE-01R + TE-01L)

The Trolley Edition Pair ensures that virtually most glass ampoule sizes in the medication room can be opened safely.



Colour range: black



Colour range: red


Applications of Snap IT

SnapIT should be used wherever glass ampoules are being used, including:

  • Paramedics
  • Anaesthetists
  • Hospitals
  • Veterinary
  • General Practice
  • Education
  • Dental
  • Animal Laboratory
  • Patients/Home Users for self medication

Safety Standards

North America

FDA listed.

Additional Product Assets

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