Sterilizing medical equipment has always been a cause for concern and essential task hospitals and private practices must carry out. It is critical for patient safety that surgical instruments and devices are thoroughly disinfected. Surgical equipment and instruments must be sterilized before they are used. Ethylene oxide sterilization of medical equipment can ensure safety against harmful microorganisms.
Sterilization is the process of killing and eliminating viable microorganisms. By removing harmful bacteria, the medical equipment is then safe for use. Sterilizing medical equipment can be done in various ways. For example, ethylene oxide sterilization.
The most common and best way to ensure sterility is ethylene oxide sterilization. Ethylene oxide (also known as EtO or eo) sterilization is a low-temperature gas process. Ethylene oxide sterilization is advantageous as it eliminates all microorganisms meaning the instruments and devices are sterile. It also permits large volumes of medical equipment to be disinfected at one time. Additionally, due to its low temperature, it is suitable for heat-sensitive items.
Sterile eo processing is a 3 stage procedure. The process can be split into the following phases of the sterilization operation:
Preconditioning – products are heated and humidified to improve the effectiveness of the process.
Sterilization – Exposed to the gas for several hours to achieve a high level of sterility assurance.
Aeration – Ensures all gas is removed from products using a combination of vacuums and heating.