We leveraged these core customer insights to create the next-generation, low-temperature sterilization
systems--the STERRAD 100NX and STERRAD NX Systems with ALLClear Technology--which help minimize human error and reduce workflow interruptions by automatically identifying and fixing issues that can cause cycle cancellations.
Other top requests from OEMs are biocompatibility testing, human factors testing on devices, and additional efficacy testing in low-temperature sterilization
processes, such as hydrogen peroxide and ethylene oxide (EtO).
However, a faster rate of growth is projected for low-temperature sterilization
techniques such as gamma and electron beam sterilization.
Therefore, chemical sterilizers are using low-temperature sterilization
technology which has consistently gained acceptance.
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The Sterizone VP4 Sterilizer is a low-temperature sterilization
system that utilizes the dual-sterilants of vaporized hydrogen peroxide and ozone to achieve terminal sterilisation of heat and moisture sensitive medical devices.
Medical technology company BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) (NYSE:BDX) Friday launched a new line of surgical instrument sterilization containers, called the Genesis Low Temperature Rigid Sterilization Container System, that are validated for the latest low-temperature sterilization
processes used for instrumentation that cannot withstand the high-temperature and moisture present in traditional steam sterilization practices.
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has been developed for this situation.
If the technique works, Carter predicts that it could achieve sterilization in 10 minutes--a third of the time required by an automated system that washes instruments with peracetic acid, the leading low-temperature sterilization
method now in use.
Comparative evaluation of sporicidal activity of new low-temperature sterilization
technologies (21,22) Units positive/units tested Sterilization LTU,(a) LTU LTU SL(b) method 3 mm 2 mm 1 mm 3 mm EO-HCFC 0/50 0/40 0/40 0/50 Sterrad 100S 0/50 0/40 0/40 0/40 Sterrad 50 0/30 0/30 0/30 0/30 Sterrad 100 2/40 3/40 37/50 0/40 (a) LTU = lumen test unit.
However, low-temperature sterilization
processes like hydrogen peroxide continue to gain more popularity each year.