Paddy Mulcahy, 21, has been offered university support to develop the easy-clean U-neat unit which reduces the spread of potentially lethal infections from surface to person.
The all-in-one bedside table, locker and chairs has no corners, preventing the build-up of bacteria, and could dramatically cut the spread of health care acquired infections.
“The existing furniture is a breeding ground for bacteria,” he said.
“Too often people admitted to hospitals contract further serious illnesses.
“Going to hospital shouldn’t mean putting your health at greater risk.”
U-neat has won the Irish leg of the 2012 James Dyson award and now goes up against inventions from 18 other countries for the international young inventor’s prize.