Dr Weng-Onn Chan, MBBS
Ophthalmology Consultant, Royal Adelaide Hospital
What is the Vial Hugger?
The Vial Hugger is a medical accessory invented by local ophthalmologists at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. The device conveniently docks with 1.5 mL vials (Eylea, Lucentis), locking them into place securely with a simple push.
Following numerous prototype iterations with varying size and weight, the current design was finalized by Adelaide-based ScanOptics with strong consideration for aesthetics, safety and practicality. The weighted device allows a single operator to draw up a liquid drug from the vial while maintaining sterility.
Greatly reducing the risk of needlestick injury, the Vial HuggerTM has been extensively tested in clinical practice and is hand-machined from a solid piece of anodised aluminium, with an adjustable resistance pin in the well providing a secure locking mechanism.