What is the difference between the Low Temperature Plasma Sterilizer and the EtO Gas Sterilizer?

Ethylene oxide (EtO) is hazardous not only to users but also to patients, and it is an environmentally hazardous substance too. Because of this, the installation of an EtO sterilizer is costly and also extreme precaution must be taken to ensure there is no environmental damage. Furthermore, after sterilization medical instruments sterilized with the EtO Gas Sterilizer should be exposed to air for a long period of time. For these reasons, the use of the EtO Gas Sterilizer in many hospitals is decreasing.

The Plasma Sterilizer does not use toxic hazardous gases like the EtO Gas Sterilizer. The Sterilant of Plasma Sterilizer is H2O2 (Hydrogen Peroxide) which decomposes safely to Water vapor and Oxygen after the sterilization process. In addition, it is possible to use medical instruments immediately after the sterilization process because there is not any residual toxicity left on medical instruments.

Is it possible to use the pouch of EtO Gas Sterilizer with the Plasma sterilizer?

In short, the answer is “no”. Because one side of the Pouch for EtO Gas Sterilizer is made from paper that is an absorbent material,  it cannot be used with the  Plasma Sterilizer. One side of the pouch for the Plasma Sterilizer is the Tyvek material.

We have a sealer for the EtO Gas Sterilizer, but should we buy an additional sealer for the Plasma Sterilizer?

No, the existing sealer is compatible with the plasma pouch if the sealing temperature can be set at 120-135℃ for the sealing plasma pouch.

Is it possible to use the Plasma Sterilizer instead of the EtO Gas Sterilizer?

The Plasma Sterilizer is an effective sterilizer based on its perfect sterilization properties.
The safe and strong sterilization efficacy of the Plasma Sterilizer covers  a broad range of surgical instruments and devices; cardiac catheters; implants; rigid scopes, single-channel flexible endoscopes, cameras, light cords, batteries, power drills, etc. Most medical instruments that can be sterilized with EtO Gas are compatible with the Plasma Sterilizer except for absorbent materials like linen, paper etc.
The time required for the Plasma Sterilizer to effectively sterilize takes only 1/10 – 1/20 of the time required for the EtO Gas, so it is ideal for emergency situations that require the sterilization process to be carried out quickly. Users and patients are safe, because it doesn’t use any of the toxic hazardous gases associated with the EtO Gas Sterilizer. Furthermore, the Plasma Sterilizer does not require any specific facilities such as vents or water supply lines, so it can be located in the surgery room.

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