SnapIt Ampoule Opener

SnapIT Ampule Openers

This easy-to-use multi-use glass ampule opener avoids the unacceptable sharps injuries seen when ampules are opened by hand.


The laboratory industry uses millions of glass ampules every year. Breakages, cuts and contamination of content have always been a safety concern and resulted in significant wasted resources.

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  • Easy to use
  • Compatible with common ampoule sizes
  • Reduced sharps injuries
  • An effortless open-every-time solution due to extended lever action
  • Easiest and cleanest possible opening without scoring
  • Reusable and washable
  • No double handling
  • No handling of broken ampule lids
  • Ergonomic– no stress on wrists when snapping off ampule top


With SnapIT anyone can open an ampule without worrying about injuring themselves:

  1. Insert the ampule lid into the SnapIT
  2. Snap open the ampule
  3. Eject the ampule lid directly into a sharps container

It's as easy as that!

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SnapIT Reduces Injuries:

Both hands are kept away from the ampule neck where the glass breaks.

The ampule lid with the sharp edge is held inside the SnapIT until it is ejected into a sharps disposal box and the user never comes into contact with it.

No stress on wrists when snapping off ampule top

Glass Ampules - Pluses and Minuses:

Millions of tamperproof glass ampoules are opened by laboratory employees in the United States each year. The practical benefits are clear but resulting sharps injury rates have always been significant.

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 am   poule lid can cause serious cuts. The costs of injuries is high and include suture of laceration, weeks of rehabilitation and loss of salary.

SnapIT in Use

SnapIT Comes in Two Convenient Styles and Sizes to fit your needs:

  • 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. The Trolley comes in both a Regular and Large size.
  • Pocket Edition for personal use on a key ring, hung from a lanyard or kept in your pocket.  The Pocket Edition comes in Regular size.
  • With two sizes and flexible o-rings, SnapIT can open almost all sizes of glass ampules that are commonly used.

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Injury Statistics:

  • 26% of needlestick and sharps injuries were due to opening an ampule or from broken ampules.1
  • The most frequently reported circumstances of sharps injuries were opening ampules/vials.2
  • In the medical environment, 54% of incidents to anesthesia personnel were due to broken ampules.3
  • Occurring in approximately 6% of anesthetic sessions, the incidence of hand laceration as a result of opening a glass ampule is significant.  The prevalence of old hand injury was 26% (25 in 97) of anesthetic sessions.4
  • 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.2
  • Ampules are commonly used in industrial, research, food, reference, government and molecular laboratories across the US.  The same unsafe ampule opening procedures and injuries are seen industry-wide.

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 cut.5 SnapIT helps employers work toward a safer workplace.
  • 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 ampules 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 ampule open every time due to the extended lever action
  • Prevent wastage of expensive reagents or medication contained in ampules.


  1. Smith D.R., Smyth W. Leggat P.A. and Wang, R.S. (2005). "Needlestick and sharps injuries among nursing students." Journal of Advanced Nursing 51 (5). Pg 449-455.
  2. Guo Y.L., Shiao J., Chuang Y.C. and Huang K.Y. (1999). "Needlestick and sharps injuries among health-care workers In Taiwan." Epidemlo Infect I 22. 259- 265.
  3. Pulnitiporn A., Chau-in W., Klanarong S., Thienthong S. and Inphum P. (2004). "The Thai Anesthesia Incidents Study (THAI Study) of anesthesia personnel hazard." J Med Assoc Thai Vol 88 Suppl 7.
  4. Parker M.R.J. (I99S). "The use of protective gloves, the Incidence of ampoule injury and the prevalence of hand laceration amongst anaesthetic personnel." Anaesthesia 50: 726-729.
  5. Pulnitiporn, A., W. Chau-in, et al. (2005). “The Thai Anesthesia Incidents Study of anesthesia personnel hazard.” J Med Assoc Thai 88 Suppl 7: S141-4.