Surgical procedures come alongside with the risk of an infection. These risks are increased in developing countries as hospitals often lack staple sterilization instruments. To tackle this problem, Rice University students created a solar powered sterilization unit.
The Sterile Box has been built into a standard 20-foot steel shipping container, where it boasts of everything required to prepare surgical instruments for safe reuse, including a water system for decontamination and a solar-powered autoclave for steam sterilization. This self-powered, drop-in system has the ability to be used anywhere, anytime.