This is a Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) competition, which will fund in the region of 250,000GBP inc. VAT to bring innovative solutions for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and build an evidence base for its effective and safe use in Infection Prevention and Control (IPC).
It is funded by the Scottish Government, the Chief Scientific Office (CSO) with additional contribution from Transport Scotland. The Test Bed environment is provided by NHS Tayside with additional support from the Balhousie Care Group and Zero Waste Scotland and a Programme Steering Group, with wide-ranging membership.
The aim of the competition is to develop solutions that aid prevention or reduce the spread of droplet and airborne biological hazards, reduce NHS staff reliance on single use disposable PPE, and allow the return of clinical procedures which are currently considered high risk because of their aerosol generating nature. This may be achieved through the development of re-useable PPE, methods of decontamination, or methods of area/surface/air cleansing which avoids the requirement for PPE use, or a combination of these. Our 'Test Bed' brings in expertise from IPC, Decontamination, Health and Safety, Medical Physics and other technical, clinical and support areas as may be required, in order to consider and evaluate a potentially broad range of available solutions.
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