Infection control and preventing cross-contamination are critical in medical facilities everywhere. Bacteria and viruses can thrive in a medical setting unless your team is vigilant in pursuing proper sterilisation techniques. Ensuring that your medical instruments are contaminant-free is one of the most important things your practice can do in order to provide the best possible patient outcomes and experiences. One of the most effective choices is the STERRAD line of surgical sterilisers.
5 REASONS TO USE STERRAD FOR STERILIZATION
A STERRAD machine uses low- temperature gas plasma, combined with hydrogen peroxide vapor, to fully sterilise most medical equipment. Some of its most positive attributes include:
There are many historical disinfection and sterilisation methods that help ensure you are effectively purging your surgical instruments and equipment of all microbes: steam under pressure, liquid chemicals, hydrogen peroxide, dry heat, gas plasma, and ethylene oxide gas are just a few options. Each sterilisation method has its pros and cons, and the broad range of options means that some healthcare centers may use varying methods for different instruments and material.
1. RAPID TURNAROUND TIME
With a STERRAD machine, the sterilisation process typically takes around 75 minutes, and some STERRAD models even work within a 45-minute time frame or shorter. This helps you guarantee that your surgical team is ready to go for its next procedure within an hour.
Not only is the STERRAD system itself surprisingly affordable, but the lack of plumbing, monitoring, and ventilation support expenses also is a cost-saver for your practice. Because of the gentleness of the advanced sterilisation process, your surgical instruments will last longer, needing to be repaired and replaced much less often than if you were using other sterilisation methods.
3. NO DAMAGE TO INSTRUMENTS
Studies have shown that hydrogen peroxide based, low-temperature sterilisation does less damage to medical instruments than traditional autoclaves. This means you’ll have longer surgical instrument life and lower costs for instrument repairs over the useful life of your equipment.
4. STRONG MANUFACTURER SUPPORT AND EDUCATION
STERRAD machines and consumables are manufactured by Advanced Sterilisation Products (ASP), a division of Ethicon (a Johnson & Johnson company). Advanced Sterilisation Products have a wide range of support and educational options including the ASP University. The ASP University provides many courses and training overviews and it even has online continuing education courses. The STERRAD system comes with industry-leading support from Advanced Sterilisation Products to ensure that the equipment is used correctly and to the full benefit of your surgical team. In fact, the STERRAD Sterility Guide is considered groundbreaking within the industry. The guide is available online and is updated in real time, so you can always find the latest information on instrument validation and system compatibility. In addition, you’ll find that the STERRAD line is designed with simplicity and ease-of-use in mind; this thoughtful design can tremendously limit the potential for human error. Many systems operate with the simple push of one button.
Advanced Sterilisation Products manufactures all the necessary consumable products to effectively use your sterilisation system. STERRAD sterilant cassettes are necessary to operate the STERRAD NX, STERRAD 100NX, STERRAD 100S sterilizers. STERRAD sterilant cassettes use low-temperature hydrogen peroxide gas plasma for terminal sterilisation of medical devices. STERRAD sterilant cassettes come in a convenient pre-loaded cassette that delivers a predefined quantity of hydrogen peroxide per cycle to achieve sterilisation both conveniently and effectively. Each cassette is a closed system, sealed for the operator’s safety, and has a chemical indicator on the packaging in order to detect any leakage of sterilant during transportation.
STERRAD chemical indicator strips and STERRAD chemical indicator tape are sterilisation indicator strips and tape that have a color indicator that changes from red to yellow to show exposure to hydrogen peroxide.
Advanced Sterilisation Products also produces the Tyvek product line of sterilisation rolls and sterilisation pouches. Tyvek sterilisation pouches and sterilisation roll come with the built-in convenience of having a STERRAD chemical indicator to show medical instruments were exposed to hydrogen peroxide.
5. VERSATILE RANGE OF STERRAD STERILISERS
STERRAD does not take a one- size-fits-all approach to sterilisation. Instead, their STERRAD sterilisers are a diverse product line to ensures that your practice and surgical team can choose the optimal system that best meets the needs of the practice and its patients. Some of the newest models even minimise workflow interruptions before they occur through built-in quality assurance features that can help encourage and guarantee industry compliance.
For example, the STERRAD 100S system can improve load tolerance and provide faster sterilisation in diffusion- restricted areas. It can also retrofit the original STERRAD 100 for faster cycles.
The STERRAD 100NX is considered the most advanced sterilisation technology. It includes features such as network connectivity for remote monitoring, touch-screen displays, a hydrogen peroxide monitor and more.
The STERRAD NX is a compact version that can be used virtually anywhere in a healthcare setting. Its two-tiered chamber and two cycle options can be cart-mounted and easily transferred wherever sterilisation is needed.
The STERRAD NX with ALLClear is the compact STERRAD NX sterilizer with ASP’s new ALLClear technology.
The STERRAD 100NX with ALLClear is STERRAD 100NX sterilizer with ASP’s new ALLClear technology.
STERRAD sterilisers with ALLClear Technology feature new technology based on field research and process improvements. ALLClear Technology is designed to reduce workflow interruptions and improve compliance. ALLClear Technology is upgradeable as new innovations are released and ALLClear has networking capability with multiple instrument tracking systems and hospital servers.
STERRAD SYSTEMS WITH ALLCLEAR TECHNOLOGY HAVE THE FOLLOWING FEATURES: •
Fast, accurate detection and correction of load and system issues, which may otherwise cause cycle interruptions.
• Automatic precycle system diagnostics and load conditioning in five minutes or less* (*Timing is based on typical loads. ALLClear Technology can be disabled.).
• ALLClear Technology is designed to optimise package and instrument conditions for sterilisation