The Challenge is to come up with an “Enhanced Drying System” that will improve a sterilization process by optimizing the drying time and thus reducing the overall process time. Another important goal for the “Enhanced Drying System” is to ensure, that the sterile containers always get completely dry in the sterilization process and to increases the perceived reliability and safety of the sterilization process.
This Challenge requires only a written proposal.
Source: InnoCentive Challenge ID: 9933714
Steam sterilized containers of instruments sometimes contain visible moisture upon opening even after an extended drying cycle. Although the liquid does not compromise the sterile barrier, its appearance causes doubts about sterilization and leads to repeat sterilizations costing time and money. The Challenge is to remove liquid moisture from the container during or after the sterilization process without extending the drying cycle time economically.
This is a Theoretical Challenge that requires only a written proposal to be submitted. The Challenge award will be contingent upon theoretical evaluation of the proposal by the Seeker. Solutions which are simple, practicable and have a low implementation cost are highly preferred.
To receive an award, the Solvers will have to transfer to the Seeker their exclusive Intellectual Property (IP) rights to the solution.