We use cookies to understand how you use our site and to improve your experience. This includes personalizing content and advertising. To learn more, click here. By continuing to use our site, you accept our use of cookies. Cookie Policy.

Features Partner Sites Information LinkXpress
Sign In
Advertise with Us

Download Mobile App




Events

ATTENTION: Due to the COVID-19 PANDEMIC, many events are being rescheduled for a later date, converted into virtual venues, or altogether cancelled. Please check with the event organizer or website prior to planning for any forthcoming event.
16 Feb 2023 - 18 Feb 2023

Mobile Container Sterilizes Surgical Instruments in Low-Resource Settings

By HospiMedica International staff writers
Posted on 05 Apr 2016
Print article
Image: The Rice University Sterile Box for low-resource settings (Photo courtesy of Jeff Fitlow/Rice University).
Image: The Rice University Sterile Box for low-resource settings (Photo courtesy of Jeff Fitlow/Rice University).
A sterilization station built into a standard 20-foot steel shipping container houses all the equipment necessary to prepare surgical instruments for safe reuse, including a water system for decontamination and a solar-powered autoclave for steam sterilization.

Developed by researchers at Rice University (Rice, Houston, TX, USA) and Association Soleil-Vapeur (Evreux, France), the surgical intstrument processing unit, dubbed “The Sterile Box,” is capable of handling instruments from the moment they leave the operating room to the point they are sterile and ready to be reused for the next surgery. The sterile processing unit is self-sufficient in power and water and features an intake for contaminated instruments, decontamination, sterilization via non-electric steam sterilizers, and secure inventory storage.

Solar panels and an electrical storage system power the container, including outlets for fans and for cellphone charging. Water distribution is provided by two tanks on the roof, with a hand pump to move water to one of the 200 liter tanks. The interior has two rooms: a foyer to separate the sterile processing area from outsiders and the elements, and a main processing area divided into four stations. At the first station technicians decontaminate instruments in a three-basin sink to remove debris, soak them in an enzymatic detergent, and scrub with nylon brushes before a final rinse.

At the second station an electric hotplate heats the steam autoclave that sterilizes the instruments; at the third, the instruments are dried on wire racks and then moved to the fourth station, a storage cabinet where they await the next surgery. A small window is provided to pass instruments between the processing area and the foyer. To validate the efficacy of the Sterile Box, the researchers ran 61 tests of decontamination and sterilization performance, demonstrating satisfactory decontamination and sterilization outcomes to support healthcare facilities in low resources settings. A study describing the Sterile Box was published on March 23, 2016, in PLoS ONE.

“We tried to really think hard about social context. We laid out the elements to minimize human error and water and energy requirements to the extent that we can. I really like that about our design,” said senior author Associate Professor of Business and Public Policy Douglas Schuler, PhD. “The Sterile Box may be suitable for other medical situations, including maternal and neonatal care, oral health care, and post-disaster relief.”

Related Links:

Rice University
Association Soleil-Vapeur


New
Platinum Supplier
Real-Time Diagnostics Onscreen Viewer
GEMweb Live
New
Vital Signs Monitor
Aurus 20 A
New
Surgical Light
HyLED 600 Series
New
X-Ray Image Acquisition Software
dicomPACS DX-R

Print article

Channels

AI

view channel
Image: MyoVista Wavelet technology utilizes AI for early detection of heart disease (Photo courtesy of Heart Test Laboratories)

Novel ECG Technology Utilizes AI for Early Detection of Heart Disease

Cardiovascular disease is responsible for 17.9 million deaths every year, or about 32% of all deaths worldwide. Every week, millions of electrocardiographs (ECGs) are performed across the world, making... Read more

Critical Care

view channel
Image: Studies have shown the Autus Valve maintains control of blood flow as it expands (Photo courtesy of Boston Children’s Hospital)

Heart Valve That Grows Along With Child Could Reduce Invasive Surgeries

In children with congenital pulmonary valve disease, the flow of blood between the heart and lungs is impeded. In cases where the pulmonary valves have narrowed or are leaking and cannot be treated effectively... Read more

Health IT

view channel
Image: Using digital data can improve health outcomes (Photo courtesy of Unsplash)

Electronic Health Records May Be Key to Improving Patient Care, Study Finds

When a patient gets transferred from a hospital to a nearby specialist or rehabilitation facility, it is often difficult for personnel at the new facility to access the patient’s electronic health records... Read more

Point of Care

view channel
Image: Steripath improves the diagnostic accuracy and timeliness of sepsis test results (Photo courtesy of Magnolia)

All-in-One Device Reduces False-Positive Diagnostic Test Results for Bloodstream Infections

Blood cultures are considered the gold standard diagnostic test for the detection of blood stream infections, such as sepsis. However, positive blood culture results can be frequently wrong, and about... Read more

Business

view channel
Image: The global patient positioning systems market is projected to reach USD 1.7 billion by 2027 (Photo courtesy of Pexels)

Global Patient Positioning Systems Market Driven by Increasing Chronic Diseases

The global patient positioning systems market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 4% from USD 1.4 billion in 2022 to USD 1.7 billion by 2027, driven by increasing technological advancements in medical devices,... Read more
Copyright © 2000-2023 Globetech Media. All rights reserved.