Embedded software for medical equipment sterilization

Embedded software for medical equipment sterilization

August 7, 2013

Manufacturer of specialized medical equipment

Development of a subsystem for monitoring medical sterilisation equipment, including:

  • Diagnosis module which can be statically compiled into the main software of the device
  • Data from the monitor's readings periodically sent to a central server to which all the other devices are connected, ensuring that all readings fall within an acceptable range
  • Web interface for interaction and monitoring the condition of the devices

A universal medical equipment sterilization device, designed for medical equipment made from metal, plastic and glass, as well as thermophobic and heat-sensitive materials and materials with cavities and hollows. The device allows for the quick, safe and effective sterilization of a wide range of medical equipment and instruments, including items which cannot be heat-sterilized, such as endoscopes, laparoscopes and other complex tools. Background noise doesn't exceed 70 dB. Protection from electric shock. The temperature of the sterilising unit doesn't surpass 55°C. Two modes of session length. Medical appliances are sterilised by vapour accompanied by the production of low-temperature plasma. The appliances are exposed to harsh UV radiation, hydrogen peroxide, ozone, ionic sputtering and a high frequency magnetic field.

The sterilizing agent in the active chamber is automatically measured and controlled, meaning that the sterilization process is consistent and reliable. The device is connected to the Internet of Things, with software allowing for the remote control of the device. This allows for such parameters as length of operating time and temperature to be monitored and controlled from afar.

The subsystem offers:

  • Software interface for reading and recording events in a log; while in operation various sensors (temperature, pressure etc.) can be plugged in and various standard readings can be taken, such as CPU load, amount of RAM used and free disk space.
  • A flexible configuration mechanism, which allows for a number of parameters to be set, for readings to be taken at set intervals and for border values to be put in place whereby deviance from the norm occurs if those border values are exceeded.

Advantages for users:

  • Automation of reading and analysing data during or after treatment of items
  • Remote control
  • Monitoring and recording of device status