Field Medical Sterilizer to be used in Austere Environments

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Navy
Amount:
$69,980.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N00014-06-M-0303
Agency Tracking Number:
N061-075-0464
Solicitation Year:
2006
Solicitation Topic Code:
N06-075
Solicitation Number:
2006.1
Small Business Information
AIROCARE INC
6110 Executive Boulevard Suite 240, Rockville, MD, 20852
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
148333169
Principal Investigator
 Terry Woodbridge
 VP, Technology/Product D
 (919) 467-2270
 twoodbridge@airocare.com
Business Contact
 Stuart Rutchik
Title: VP, Finance/Administratio
Phone: (301) 231-5373
Email: srutchik@airocare.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
By utilizing air purification methods used internationally in fruit preservation and food storage facilities, we propose to test AirOcare’s proprietary units to sterilize surgical and dental instruments; and, to sterilize entire rooms which could include operating rooms in the field during combat situations. As air circulates through the chamber, part of the oxygen is converted into ozone and also to reactive oxygen species, including superoxide and hydrogen peroxide. The simultaneous production of superoxide anion and hydrogen peroxide is likely to produce hydroxyl radicals, one of the most powerful oxidants in nature. We hypothesize that oxidants produced in the chamber of the AirOcare system should irreversibly oxidize important biomolecules in spores, bacteria and virus particles with no effect to the environment because they have a relatively short half-life. In Phase I of this SBIR proposal we propose to design the chamber to the proper dimensions and design the system to maximize ozone and hydrogen peroxide formation. We will evaluate the potential of this new chamber for sterilization by exposing bacteria and viral particles for various periods of time and at various steady state concentrations of ozone and hydrogen peroxide. The sterilizing potential will be evaluated by determining inhibition in replication rate. BENEFITS: Validation of innovative, effective method for sterilizing surgical and dental instruments, as well as operating rooms.

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