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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