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SBRI funding competition: automated pre-cleaning of surgical instruments


The aim of this competition is to find an automated solution to the pre-cleaning of surgical instruments as part of the NHS sterile services process.

The NHS is being supported in this competition by the Can Do Innovation Challenge Fund. The aim of this competition is to find a solution for automated pre-cleaning of surgical instruments. The solution must include:

  • pre-soaking, to prevent contamination from drying onto surfaces
  • internal flushing, so chemicals can be delivered into the internal channels of instruments
  • coarse contamination-removal mechanisms, ideally ultrasonics or a spray function
  • automated chemical dosing for pre-soaking or internal flushing
  • fully programmable pre-cleaning steps
  • measurement and monitoring facilities to check the solution’s performance
  • integration with automated washers or washer-disinfectors

The solution would ideally be one piece of equipment. It must:

  • reduce costs and be good value for money
  • connect with existing NHS systems, which may be behind commercial systems
  • be quick and easy to operate, without needing complex programming
  • demonstrate an active contribution to a reduction of waste matter and chemicals entering the waste water system
  • comply with all relevant legislation
  • fit with the requirements of the NSS 2016 document

For further information, scope, eligibility and how to apply please click here,