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December 13, 2021updated 13 Jan 2022 4:19pm

Sterilisation

By Nat Schaefer

The process of sterilisation of medical devices is continuously evolving due to the growing number of hospital-acquired and other infections, improved attention to disinfection, rising counts of surgical procedures, and the growth of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors.

Growing consumer awareness of various sterilisation products and services has significantly increased demand for them. As sterilisation services are increasingly outsourced to emerging economies with expanding healthcare sectors, attractive opportunities for the global sterilisation equipment market have been created.

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The information in the download document is drafted for medical device executives, research and development (R&D) executives, sterilisation equipment sales executives, quality control and quality assurance executives, equipment manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, equipment sales managers, engineers, sterilisation scientists, research associates, health technicians, sterilisation microbiologists, and other individuals working in the medical sterilisation industry.

The document gives detailed information on lab equipment manufacturers and suppliers and their product lines, as well as contact details, to inform your purchasing decision.

Sterilisation of medical devices and biomaterials

Medical devices are sterilised by several physical and chemical processes, depending on their features and composition. The most common of these are steam, dry heat, chemical and radiation sterilisation methods.

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Heat and moisture-sensitive medical devices are sterilised using the ethylene oxide gas chemical technique while plastic devices are generally sterilised using low-temperature methods.

Sterilisation of biomaterials such as those used as implants, should not alter their functional performance. This is typically carried out using radiation, chemical or heat methods.

The choice of medical device sterilisation method also depends on their packaging, transportation and storage.

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