Richard Bancroft and Brisia López-Ortega outline best practice when monitoring sterilisation processes involving the use of vaporised hydrogen peroxide.
Over the last decade, vaporised hydrogen peroxide (termed VH2O2) has been rapidly adopted as the hospitals’ method of choice for sterilisation of heat labile medical devices. It has also gained increased use industrially for sterilising single use and combination (drug/device) devices.
The advantages of VH2O2 in these applications are quite significant; the process has excellent efficacy, cycle times as short as 16 minutes, no post-processing aeration is required, and there are none of the residual toxicity problems associated with some other sterilisation methods.
VH2O2 low temperature sterilisers have been specifically designed to process goods using vaporised hydrogen peroxide under vacuum conditions. The sterilisation cycles are fully automated, with different pre-programmed cycles available to accommodate varying loads and medical devices.
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