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Challenge Improved Surgical Glove Materials – Reducing Exposure to Blood Borne Viruses
Improved Surgical Glove Materials – Reducing Exposure to Blood Borne Viruses
STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 170
Posted: Oct 29 2013
Challenge ID: 9933463
 
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Abstract

Sharp objects such as scalpels and suture needles are a necessity of surgery. Minor cuts and pin pricks to operating staff sound relatively minor, but exposure to a patient’s blood can carry serious risks. We are searching for alternative materials that are more puncture resistant than latex surgical gloves, but retain tactile sensitivity needed for surgery. 

This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution

Overview

Sharp objects such as scalpels and suture needles are a necessity of surgery. A risk that these objects carry is the accidental injury of surgical staff. Minor cuts and pin pricks sound relatively minor, but exposure to a patient’s blood – which often contaminates these objects – can carry serious risks. Ideas are needed for alternative materials or techniques to produce properties of materials that are more puncture resistant retain the tactile sensitivity of latex gloves. 

This is an Ideation Challenge, which has the following unique features:

  • There is a guaranteed award.  The awards will be paid to the best submission(s) as solely determined by the Seeker. The total payout will be $10,000, with at least one award being no smaller than $5,000 and no award being smaller than $1,000. 
  • The Solvers are not required to transfer exclusive intellectual property rights to the Seeker.  Rather, by submitting a proposal, the Solvers grants to the Seeker a royalty-free, perpetual, and non-exclusive license to use any information included in this proposal.

After the Challenge deadline, the Seeker will complete the review process and make a decision with regards to the Winning Solution(s). All Solvers that submitted a proposal will be notified on the status of their submissions; however, no detailed evaluation of individual submissions will be provided.

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