ANTIBACTERIAL 3D PRINTING, CLINICAL USE Nº10:
The Otoscope is one of the most used Medical Devices for its simplicity and versatility when it comes to examining ears, nose and throat.
But it has a weak point. The cone of the otoscope is the piece that comes into direct contact with the ear. It is a plastic piece (hence porous) that accumulates a high bacterial load if it is not cleaned or disposed of properly. This often causes patients (usually children) examined with contaminated otoscopes to leave the clinic / hospital with an otitis that falls within the group of Infections Associated with Health Care (IAAS).
Its manufacture with an antibacterial material such as the PLACTIVE AN3 of Copper3D would be a radical solution to this problem as it is scientifically validated as a completely antibacterial material.
The following project was developed for the posts in Nepal after the earthquake of 2015.
It had an excellent reception since its construction is very low cost.
You can find detailed instructions for its construction here, even with its lighting system: