Check out what they are developing at Rice University. At Rice University in Houston Texas, they have created a “Sterile Box” for use in remote areas or areas with limited resources. Then the sterile box is a 20-foot steel shipping container outfitted as a mobile sterile processing department. It is powered by solar panels mounted on the roof. They manage to fit an entire surgical instrument reprocessing unit within 20 feet using minimal resources. The inside of the box includes a three basin decontamination sink, a drying rack, a prep table to wrap instruments, a unique autoclave, and a sterile storage cabinet. The autoclave consists of a pressure cooker like a pot that the instruments are placed into, the top is then secured and the pot is placed on to a heater that is powered by the solar panels. In terms of water, the box has a simple sand and gravel water filtration system mounted on the outside of the shipping container.
What Rice University is doing is truly revolutionary. Having the ability to ship these units to disaster locations and 3rd world countries would drastically reduce the number of surgical site infections and improve surgical outcomes! Click on the video below to see a walkthrough of Rice University’s “Sterile Box”. To read the full story head over to http://news.rice.edu.