Medical Device Sterilization
The increase in the complexity of medical devices has presented a myriad of challenges for those charged with providing sterile surgical instruments. Particular concerns include narrow bore lumens, multi-component instruments that include electronics or fiber optics, and the reprocessing of single-use devices that contain heat or chemical sensitive polymers. Hospitals are increasingly looking to alternative low-temperature technologies to meet their needs.
APP’s atmospheric plasma sterilization system is an improved method of sterilizing medical devices and instruments at ambient temperatures. Unlike other sterilization equipment using plasma, this technology does not require a vacuum, can be used at room temperature and pressure, and does not require the use of liquid sterilants. The result is a faster sterilization process costing less money and resulting in no liquid hazardous waste.
The capital cost of APP’s sterilizer is lower since it produces plasma at room temperature and pressure, no vacuum or no liquid sterilant is required, resulting in another cost savings. Finally, with no sterilant to dispose of, another cost is avoided. The sterilizer can potentially be used in locations where the cost of currently available technology is prohibitive.