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Rosatom develops device for sterilizing medical instruments



Rosatom through its Science division, SSC RF TRINITI JSC, has developed a method of disinfecting and sterilising medical instruments, clothing, equipment, and facilities using mobile devices for the production of concentrated ozone.

Under the supervision of Alexander Basiev, a researcher of physical and mathematical sciences, a group of scientists at the research centre have learned to produce ozone at concentrations of up to 0.7 g/l at speeds of up to 6 kg/h using a mobile device about the size of an average home air purifier. The device is simple to use: it is placed in a sealed box alongside tools that require disinfecting and disinfects them within 15 minutes.

SSC RF TRINITI JSC’s mobile ozoniser is capable of disinfecting virtually any medical object occupying an area of up to 100 square metres. In terms of bactericidal efficiency, ozonation with such a device is more effective than ultraviolet germicidal irradiation or treating an area with chlorine.

“At the moment, most medical rooms are treated with chlorine, which is a toxic substance. Ozonation, by contrast, is a clean technology that, if used correctly, does not have adverse effects,” said the project’s supervisor Stanislav Kosarev. “Using our device allows you to sterilise scrubs, etc. without thermal exposure, which will increase their lifespan.”

The main advantages of SSC RF TRINITI JSC’s device is its high concentrations of ozone, high disinfection and sterilisation rate, mobility, and compact size. Another important advantage is its low cost of operation. It is expected that the centre’s ozoniser will consume half the electricity consumed by other ozonisers currently on the market.

In the near future, SSC RF TRINITI JSC is scheduled to test a prototype of its mobile ozoniser to determine the product’s effectiveness in real conditions and its possible use for medical needs.

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