Sterilizing Medical Equipment With One Atmosphere Uniform Glow Discharge Plasma

Award Information
Agency:
Environmental Protection Agency
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$69,941.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
EP-D-04-029
Award Id:
67260
Agency Tracking Number:
EP-D-04-029
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
934 Corridor Park Blvd., Knoxville, TN, 37932
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
158986732
Principal Investigator:
Kimberley Kelly-Wittenberg
President & Chief Executive Officer
(856) 777-3776
kwintenb@atmosphericglow.com
Business Contact:
Kimberley Kelly-Wittenberg
President & Chief Executive Officer
(856) 777-3776
kwintenb@atmosphericglow.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
The goal of this Phase I research project is to investigate the feasibility and commercial potential of using the One Atmosphere Uniform Glow Discharge Plasma (OAUGDPTM) as a low-temperature sterilization process for medical equipment. Current sterilization technologies that pose a risk to health care workers and the environment are being phased out of use (e.g., ethylene oxide sterilization). This heightens the need to develop innovative environmentally and employee friendly technologies. The OAUGDP patented technology has been shown to be effective at sterilizing/decontaminating a number of surfaces for applications in biological/chemical decontamination, improving indoor air quality, blood products, and food. Furthermore, OAUGDP does not require consumables to operate nor does it generate waste or harmful byproducts. To demonstrate proof of concept, Atmospheric Glow Technologies will address the following goals: ¿ Fabricate an OAUGDP prototype that will sterilize contaminated medical equipment. ¿ Inoculate stainless steel surgical instruments with microorganisms and assess the OAUGDP exposure time necessary to sterilize the device in the presence or absence of organic debris. ¿ Inoculate common sensitive medical equipment with microorganisms and assess the plasma exposure time necessary to sterilize the device in the presence or absence of organic debris. ¿ Evaluate any potential surface modifications or effect on functionality occurring as a result of OAUGDP exposure through microscopic and analytical techniques. ¿ Prepare a final report and the Phase II proposal.

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