Automation of pre-cleaning processes and reduction of chemical use

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Automation of pre-cleaning processes and reduction of chemical use during pre-cleaning of reusable surgical instruments leading to reductions in water pollution, improved safety for employees and reductions in cost to the NHS/healthcare providers.

NHS Highland is increasingly concerned about the pre-cleaning process for reusable surgical instruments, and seeks a solution that can reduce the risks of contamination of aquatic environments by hospital waste waters from this process. 

Any solution will also need to achieve:

  • A reduction in risks of staff health and safety concerns
  • A reduction in resource intensive PPE
  • A reduction in costs of pre-cleaning to the NHS
  • An increase in the quality of output to achieve higher levels of decontamination in surgical instruments to reduce risks to patients

  • The solution must also have the potential to be sold to markets internationally.

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