Sloan Water Technology Ltd. is currently building devices so that, during 2022, they can be used in an NHS pilot, commissioned by the National Institute for Health Research, to test their ability to reduce the chance of one patient infecting another through the use of imperfectly-cleaned surgical instruments.
This is in support of the NIHR contract “Combined ultrasonically activated water stream and novel disinfectant for vCJD decontamination of reusable medical instruments (PR-R17-0916-23005)”. In collaboration with the University of Southampton, Sloan Water Technology Ltd. aims to improve the ability of NHS Hospitals and Sterile Service Departments to decrease the chance of one patient passing onto another the infective agents (prions) associated with ‘variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease’ (vCJD). Prions are extremely tough and readily attach to stainless steel surfaces, and so technology and protocols that eliminate them, whilst not damaging the medical equipment being decontaminated are being studied. Furthermore, if the technology were in routine use and capable of removing prions, then this cleaning technology would also improve the removal of other infective agents such as bacteria and viruses.
Secker, T. J., Leighton, T. G., Offin, D. G., Birkin, P. R., Herve, R. C. and Keevil, C. W. (2020) A cold water, ultrasonic activated stream efficiently removes proteins and prion-associated amyloid from surgical stainless steel. Journal of Hospital Infection, 106(4), 649-456 (doi: 10.1016/j.jhin.2020.09.021).