Association Names Top Medical Waste Treatment Inventions

Date: April 3, 2003

Source: News Room

Health Care Without Harm has announced the winners of its international contest for innovative non-incineration technologies to treat medical waste in developing areas. First place and $5,000 went to a team from the University of Sydney, Australia, for a solar-powered autoclave system named Prometheus, which is portable and can be used in any weather conditions. Second place and $1,500 went to a team from Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals, United Kingdom, for a simple system that combines mechanical grinding with boiling water to treat medical waste. Third place and $1,000 was awarded to a team from Mississippi State University for a proposal to treat waste through the heat generated by a chemical reaction involving lime and subsequent hardening of the waste into a cement-like material.
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