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Ampoule Cracker

Glass ampoules are used throughout various industries to contain pharmaceuticals and chemicals that must be protected from air and contaminants. They are hermetically sealed after being filled by melting shut its thin top with an open flame. Ampoules are usually opened by snapping off the neck, which theoretical creates a clean break without any extra glass shards or slivers. Realistically, some degree of shards and sharp slivers are always present were in lies the problem. The shards not only contaminate the contents of the ampoule, but also pose a cutting hazard to the user. This problem is common in the Orthopaedic OR where bone cement monomers are stored in ampoules. The ampoules pose a cutting hazard to technicians opening the ampoules. Additionally, shards of glass can be transferred from the ampoule into the bone cement mix.