For items that cannot be sterilized in steam sterilizers—such as flexible endoscopes—sterile processing departments need to find the right balance of ethylene oxide and vaporized hydrogen peroxide sterilization to help manage costs, comply with manufacturers’ IFUs, and effectively sterilize critical instruments.
Introducing the 3M™ Steri-Vac™ Sterilizer/Aerators GS Series, state-of the-art EO sterilizers that:
- Use 100% ethylene oxide (EO or EtO), a sterilant recognized by CDC as superior at penetrating packaging materials and device lumens (always refer to manufacturers’ IFUs).
- Are engineered for operator safety. The Steri-Vac EO sterilizers use 3M™ Steri-Gas™ EO Cartridges--punctured inside the sterilizer chamber only after the door has been locked and a vacuum is drawn. Learn about the safety features that are available on the Steri-Vac EO sterilizers.
Monitor Ethylene Oxide sterilization cycles with biological indicators and chemical indicators as part of your sterilization assurance program.
When planning for your department’s low temperature sterilization needs, look to the 3M™ Steri-Vac™ Sterilizer/Aerator 100% Ethylene Oxide System for an overall lower cost per cycle than leading vaporized hydrogen peroxide (H202) systems. Ethylene oxide is gentle on your high-value devices, which may help to extend device life and reduce the need for costly repairs or replacement.
Your budget benefits through:
– Lower initial cost of capital
– Lower cost per cycle
– Lower annual cost to run and maintain
Get the data you need to document your quality control processes with 3M quality control monitors for Ethylene Oxide sterilization. Biological indicators, chemical indicators, indicator tapes, and record keeping tools from 3M can help you monitor all critical aspects of your low temperature sterilization processes.