26 October 2020, Brisbane, Australia
Dr. Michael Sinnott
One of the biggest problems innovators face in this country is getting governments and the private sector to embrace their innovations. It is why so much Australian intellectual capital ends up being owned overseas.
When I co-founded Qlicksmart, a world leader in medical safety device innovation, more than 20 years ago, our biggest problem locally was getting public and private hospitals to embrace our innovations.
Qlicksmart came into being after emergency room colleague Dr Neville Henry AM and I commercialised BladeFLASK, a solution for safe blade removal (one of the major safety concerns of nurses, surgeons and healthcare facilities).
The venture has been a commercial success. It is a common feature in many operating theatres and doctors, dentists and podiatry offices, with 30 per cent of purchases in Australia and the remainder in key export markets including the US and Europe.
But in our early days, on one hand, we had a government department (AusIndustry) investing heavily in R&D but other government departments (such as the Department of Health) not willing to provide the active, structural support needed for hospitals to systematically adopt and use the products of this successful R&D.
28 September 2020, Brisbane, Australia—To train and educate consumers on Smartstream’s medical safety products, a recent graduate was engaged to develop a simulation app with the support of CSIRO’s SME Connect Team and the Innovation Connections Facilitation and Graduate Placement Grant.
Smartstream is a Channel Management Company for the Qlicksmart range of products, and was established to meet the need for specialist distribution management.
Smartstream, with the support of CSIRO’s SME Connect Team and the Innovation Connections Facilitation and Graduate Placement Grant, engaged a recent graduate, Amdo Yuan (Master of IT; Human Computer Interactions), to develop an interactive training tool.
By researching the best training methods for clinicians, incorporating gaming principles and following an iterative testing process, the app provides an engaging learning experience that integrates with existing processes.
Through the simulation app, Smartstream now have access to train and educate consumers on their medical safety products. This led to new market access, increased business competitiveness and business transformation. Furthermore, this functionality is new to the company which led to job creation and upskilling.
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01 July 2020, Brisbane, Australia—Qlicksmart Pty Ltd announced today the launch of their ground-breaking Digital Platform for sharps safety management.
18,000 nurses and healthcare professionals are affected by sharps injuries every year, with many occurring in Operating Theatres. Sharps injuries are a significant occupational risk for hospital workers as they can lead to the transmission of bloodborne infections such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV.
The Qlicksmart Digital Platform provides tools for each stage of sharps safety implementation, empowering hospitals to reduce the risk of sharps injuries.
The available tools cover how to evaluate sharps safety devices, an Interactive Training App for product training, sharps safety education resources, and how to assess the success of a facility’s implementation plan.
Qlicksmart co-founder and emergency physician, Dr. Michael Sinnott, sees the Digital Platform as a way to make safety policy more accessible in hospitals.
“Safety engineered devices are proven to reduce sharps injuries, but the time and resources traditionally required to evaluate products or train staff can be a deterrent to safety improvements.
We wanted to provide a platform where hospitals from the city or remote areas can access the quality training and evaluation tools they need to make the best decisions for their staff.”
March 1, 2020 – After careful consideration, Qlicksmart is proud to announce that the winners of the Golden Scalpel Awards have been selected!
Our team would like to thank all of the distributors who have supported Qlicksmart – the contribution that all of our partners make in spreading our message of safety is invaluable and we are extremely greatful! Golden scalpels were awarded to selected distributors in four different categories:
Innovative Thinking of the Year – Medzorg NL (Netherlands)
The team at Medzorg in the Netherlands have made continued efforts with Qlicksmart to find new and innovative ways to promote Qlicksmart safety products.
New Distributor of the Year – Medical Products Panama (Panama)
Our new friends at MEDPRO have done an outstanding job of taking on and promoting the Qlicksmart message of safety as a new distributor.
Established Distributor of the year – United Italian Corp. (Hong Kong)
As an established distributor, UIC is being recognised for their extraordinary diligence in working with Qlicksmart to spread the message of safety.
Highest Selling Distributor – Myco Medical (United States)
The incredible support from Myco has not only played a vital role in Qlicksmart’s mission, but has also proven to be influential with safety in the region’s medical fields.
Congratulations to the winners of the Golden Scalpel Awards!
November 19, 2019 – Qlicksmart is pleased to announce the inaugural Qlicksmart Golden Scalpel Awards, to celebrate the great work our distributors do to spread our safety message around the world.
We recognise that without our distributors, millions of healthcare workers around the world would not be protected from sharps injuries.
If you are, or know a Qlicksmart distributor that has demonstrated quality, innovation, and excellence in service, please nominate for a Qlicksmart Golden Scalpel Award.
August 30, 2019 – Dr. Michael Sinnott Gives Sharps Safety Presentation to Podiatrists.
Brisbane, Australia – Dr. Michael Sinnott delivered an online presentation regarding sharps safety to a group of Australian podiatrists.
Tackling the elephant-in-the-room which is medical staff safety. By preventing injuries, a medical establishment is likely to make staff and patients feel safer, increase moral and productivity, and save money that would have otherwise been spent in the case of an injury. In this video, you’ll learn and understand all the personal and practice risks, costs, and regulatory requirements on sharps safety.