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Portable sink makes handwashing easier during COVID-19


A startup from Purdue University seeks to make handwashing easier and more accessible during COVID-19 through its new portable bedside sink technology developed by Project Process.

Handwashing is on its way to becoming more accessible for those confined to hospital or medical beds thanks to Project Process, a Purdue University-affiliated startup, and their new bedside handwashing technology.

Angie Washburn, respiratory therapist and founder of Project Process, recognized the need for a better way for patients to wash their hands with soap and water, especially during a time such as the current COVID-19 pandemic, which necessitates more frequent handwashing.

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“I realized through my time in health care and business that there needed to be a better way to advance patient care by washing hands with soap and water at the bedside,” says Washburn. “The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the importance of soap and water in helping to stop the spread of disease and improve patient health. Sometimes things like hand sanitizer and wipes are not effective and you need soap and water, such as when hands are visibly dirty.”

Washburn worked with Nathan Hartman, Dausch Family Endowed Professor of Advanced Manufacturing, head of the department of computer graphics technology at Purdue and co-executive director of the Indiana Manufacturing Competitiveness Center (IN-MaC), as a part of the development process for the handwashing technology.

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“All of the Purdue community has just been so wonderful in helping me as an entrepreneur,” Washburn said. “It is an amazing entrepreneurship community that embraces ideas and moves them to impact.”

Currently, Hancock Regional Hospital located in Greenfield, Ind., is being utilized as a testing site and a patent is currently pending for the portable bedside sink.

For more information and how to get involved with Project Process, contact Washburn at awashburn@project-process.com, or 317-625-1959.


1. Purdue Research Foundation. (2020, June 10). Purdue startup creates bedside hand-washing technology [Press release]. Retrieved June 17, 2020, from https://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2020/Q2/purdue-startup-creates-bedside-hand-washing-technology.html

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