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

A briefing event for potential applicants took place on 18 April 2018 in Inverness. 

Terry Hogg provides an overview of the CAN DO Innovation Challenge Fund as well the SBRI (Small Business Research Initiative) which is the process the project is utilising to enable the public sector to engage with innovative suppliers. He explains the application process including how to register documents and submit a proposal.

Francis Hines from NHS Highland gives a presentation on the 'Solution for automated pre-cleaning of surgical instruments challenge'.

Key dates

Competition opens: Monday 5 March 2018

Registration closes: Wednesday 9 May 2018 at 12pm

Register and apply on the gov.uk website