Advantages and disadvantages of various sterilization methods.

Advantages of “the Unit for the inactivation of viruses on medical instruments” created at NEW MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES LLC

  1. In the Unit, the process of inactivation of viruses on medical instruments is carried out at room temperature.
  2. The photoactivated liquid used in the Unit is absolutely safe for personnel, does not have a damaging effect on the material from which medical instruments are made.
  3. In the process of inactivation of viruses in the Unit there is no loss of valuable properties (hardness, elasticity, reflectiveness) and the full functionality of medical instruments is maintained.
  4. The Unit is efficient and easy to operate.
  5. In the Unit, the inactivation of viruses present on the surface of medical instruments occurs reliably.

Advantages and disadvantages of various sterilization methods.

Method Advantages Disadvantages
Steam sterilization The most common method of sterilization in hospitals.

Safe for the environment and medical personnel.

Short exposure.

No toxicity. Low cost.

Does not require aeration.

The quality of sterilization may be impaired by air ingress, reduced material moisture and poor steam quality.

 

Instruments, which are sensitive to high temperature and humidity may be damaged.

Air sterilization Low corrosive properties.

Deep penetration into the material.

Safe for the environment.

Does not require aeration.

Long exposure time

Temperature conditions and sterilization times vary from country to country.

Heat-sensitive products may become damaged.

Sterilization with 100% ethylene oxide Penetrates into packaging and plastic bags. Can be used to sterilize most medical devices. Easy to handle and control. Aeration required.

Small size of sterilization chamber.

Ethylene oxide is toxic, pronounced carcinogen, is highly flammable.

Ethylene oxide packaging should be stored in a fireproof room.

Sterilization with hydrogen peroxide vapor. Low temperature mode.

Method does not require aeration.

Safe for the environment and medical personnel.

The final products are non-toxic.

Easy to handle, operate and control.

Paper products, linens and solutions cannot be sterilized.

Small size sterilization chamber.

Instruments with long and narrow internal channels cannot be sterilized

Synthetic packaging is damaged.

Sterilization with formaldehyde vapors Fire and explosion proof.

Can be used to sterilize most medical instruments.

The surface of the instruments needs to be washed from residues of formaldehyde.

Toxic and allergenic.

Requires Long exposure.

Lengthy formaldehyde removal process after sterilization.

 

The Unit has an organizational standard and is registered with the Committee for Quality Control of Medicines and Medical Equipment of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Uzbekistan.  Leading specialists of the republic recommend the Unit for use.

Implementation of the “Unit for the inactivation of viruses on medical instruments” into healthcare practice will significantly reduce the frequency of infection of people with HBV, HCV and HIV during medical manipulations.