Mobile Antiseptic Spraying Tube (MAST)
Introduction Pneumatic tube systems are integrated within the walls and ceilings of many biomedical facilities and allow for the rapid transport of important materials, such as lab specimens and blood and tissue samples. In such a system, contamination due to biohazards must always be a concern, and no matter how rare, an effective means of decontaminating the system after such an incident is essential. Technology Description At the University of Washington, a mobile antiseptic spraying tube (MAST) has been developed that can travel within the pneumatic tube system and decontaminate it after biohazard spills. As the device travels within the tubing, it deploys a bleach solution and scrubs the inside of the tube free of contaminants. The bleach solution is aerosolized to ensure full coverage and complete decontamination. The device travels the pneumatic tube system utilizing the system’s standard function, identically to the specimens and samples, so there is no need to remove any part of the system in order to ensure full decontamination. Business Opportunity This device can quickly and easily decontaminate pneumatic tube systems to ensure the safety of patients and personnel and to comply with health and safety standards. Intellectual Property Position The UW is currently reviewing this technology for worldwide patent protection.
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