The Sterilux SteriBox and Control Station use ultraviolet light (UV) to sanitize metal and non-metal medical instruments. The sterilization process relies on the UV radiation to activate oxygen from air into ozone. After sterilization, the ozone is converted back to oxygen leaving no toxic residues.
16 510 – 27 512 USD (15 000 – 25 000 CHF) Converted in September 2020
Disposable equipment, disinfection with boiling water or chemical treatment (hydrogen peroxide plasma, formaldehyde). More information on disinfection vs. sterilization can be found here.
Goal 3: Good health and well-being
Sterile practician technicians; medical professionals
As of July 2016, the first 10 products are planned for manufacturing and distribution by the end of 2016. Interview with designer, July 2016
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The Control Station generates ultraviolet light (UV), which creates the sterilizing agent (ozone) from the oxygen present in the air. Software is included to execute the complete sterilization process. The SteriBox ensures the sterile barrier. This system needs 10 minutes of electricity/cycle or can be battery-powered for up to 100 cycles. Experts emphasize that a reliable source of power or electrical storage and/or backup power is required. 5 mL of drinkable or non-drinkable water is needed per cycle. This video explains the basic product function.
Control station design specifications: Dimensions: 40 cm x 30 cm x 45 cm 15.7 in x 11.8 in x 17.7 in Weight: 10 Kg, 22 lb Power: 100 W Voltage: 110 / 230 V Frequency: 50/60 Hz Battery life: 100 cycles Shelf life in number of cycle: 20,000 Capacity: 10 cycles per hour Wavelengths: 185 nm and 254 nm
SteriBox design specifications: Dimensions: 62 cm x 30 cm x 17 cm 24.4 in x 11.8 in x 6.7 in Bigger and Smaller boxes will also be made. Weight: 0.5 Kg, 1.10 lb Material: HDPE Capacity: 30 liters, 7.9 US gal lqd Storage maximal period: 3 months
Provided by the manufacturer.
Control Station : 10,000 sterilization cycles or 5 years. SteriBox : 1,000 cycles or 3 years.Interview with designer, July 2016
Manufacturer specified performance targets include low temperature, safety, cost-effective, and sustainable.
The SteriLux team tested the effectiveness of using ozone as a sterilizing agent for metal and non-metal medical equipment. Ozone levels ranging from 100 – 1 000 ppm (0.2-2 g/Nm3) were generated and several variables were studied. Survivor curves for the sterilization process were created. The study demonstrated the feasibility of using ozone to sterilize medical devices at room temperature.
SteriLux. No third party testing has been completed.
Surgical equipment that is improperly sterilized may cause infection and other medical complications. The Sterilux website describes that no toxic components are created by the system because the product uses ambient air to temporarily induce ozone, but the gas is then destroyed and the air returns to its initial composition at the end of the sterilization cycle.
The SteriBox and Control Station are complimentary systems. Other complimentary technical systems include consumables such as a blue indicator sticker and printed label.
Experts note that UV technology requires a source of UV (which may be difficult to access in remote areas as the availability of UV hardware is limited). Other components such as housings, covers, electronics and controls are available if an appropriate supply chain is developed and maintained to provide these materials at the appropriate cost, quality and delivery to support production. No special piping or chemicals are required to support UV sterilization.
S. A. Thill and M. Spaltenstein, Toward Efficient Low-Temperature Ozone Gas Sterilization of Medical Devices, Ozone Sci. Eng., Sep. 2019, doi: 10.1080/01919512.2019.1704217.
W. A. Rutala and D. J. Weber, Disinfection and sterilization in health care facilities: What clinicians need to know, Clinical Infectious Diseases, vol. 39, no. 5. Oxford Academic, pp. 702–709, 01-Sep-2004, doi: 10.1086/423182.
2nd Prize for the Best Poster Presentation Award at the 20th World Sterilization Congress.
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