Automated pre-cleaning of surgical instruments

Apply for a share of up to £150,000 to develop automated solutions that will improve the pre-cleaning of surgical instruments.

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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

There's a briefing event for potential applicants to find out more information, on 18 April 2018.

Register to attend the briefing event

Key dates

Competition opens: Monday 5 March 2018

Registration closes: Wednesday 9 May 2018 at 12pm

Register and apply on the gov.uk website