Physician Develops Devices to Clean Common Patient-Care Equipment

An emergency physician is developing two devices to clean and disinfect common patient-care equipment such as blood pressure cuffs and pulse oximeters to help drive down rates of healthcare-associated infections.

Paul Hercock has established Mantra Medical, in the UK, to pursue the development of these products that would allow nurses at the bedside to clean the medical devices within seconds, helping to control potential infection spread between patients. The blood pressure cuff cleaner works by using UV light, while the pulse oximeter cleaner uses a replaceable cartridge with elements providing a mixture of chemical and mechanical cleaning.

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