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SCTIMST design super absorbent material for safe management of infected respiratory secretions
SCTIMST design super absorbent material for safe management of infected respiratory secretions

SCTIMST have designed and developed the "Chitra Acrylosorb Secretion Solidification System," a highly efficient superabsorbent material for liquid respiratory and other body fluid solidification.

09 April 2020 Current Affairs:Scientists at Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST) have designed and developed the "Chitra Acrylosorb Secretion Solidification System," a highly efficient superabsorbent material for liquid respiratory and other body fluid solidification. It can also be used as a disinfection for the safe management of infected respiratory secretions.
 
What is the need?
Generally, in the ICU, the secretions of the patients are sucked by a suction machine into bottles or canisters. It should be emptied when it gets full. It includes the decontamination process in a sluice room and discarded through the waste fluid disposal systems. Hence, well-equipped sluice rooms with disinfection facilities, which is an issue in less well-equipped hospitals or makeshift isolation wards during epidemics. 

Chitra Acrylosorb Secretion Solidification System:
The newly designed superabsorbent material can be effective in the safe management of infected respiratory secretions. In the developed system, suction canisters, disposable spit bags have been designed with "AcryloSorb" technology. AcryloSorb can absorb liquids at least 20 times more than its dry weight and also contains a decontaminant for in situ disinfection.
Containers filled with this material will immobilize the contaminated fluid by solidifying it in a gel-like form. It will avoid spillage and will also disinfect it. The canister containing the solidified waste canister can then be decomposed as all other biomedical waste by incineration. This technology reduces the risk for the hospital staff, the need for personnel for disinfecting and cleaning the bottles and canisters for reusing them and makes the disposal safer and easier. It will reduce the risk faced by the nursing and cleaning staff with highly contagious diseases such as COVID-19.