This project offers the opportunity to the successful candidate to significantly improve the reuse profile of personal medical devices, and to kick start a research or industrial career through gaining of experience and expertise in hot topics such as sustainability, resource efficiency and the circular economy. The candidate will be a member of the highly respected Centre for SMART at Loughborough University, and benefit from the support and expertise of the academics, researchers and other doctoral students.
The market for medical devices is worth £7 Billion per annum in the UK alone and represents a significant carbon footprint and investment of resources. Good sustainability principles dictate that products should be reused wherever possible, however personal medical devices are frequently discarded after use, despite being still functional, due to perceived and real hygiene issues.
The aim of this project will be to address both technical issues and perception issues related to reuse of personal medical devices. To address the aim a threefold approach will be taken:
- Selection and proving of suitable cleaning and sanitising procedures compatible with maintaining device integrity and function, and with best practice in the industry.
- A systematic investigation of design changes that can improve the reusability of personal medical devices.
- Definition of test, handling, and packaging measures that can provide assurance to users of the refurbished device.