Q. What is ETO?
A. ETO means Ethylene Oxide.

Q. What does ethylene smell like?
A. Ethylene is a small hydrocarbon gas. It is naturally occurring, but it can also occur as a result of combustion and other processes. You can’t see or smell it. Some fruit will produce ethylene as ripening begins.

Q. What is ETO Sterilizer?
A. ETO Sterilizer is highly effective sterilizing equipment. It is perfect for heat sensitive tools and devices as it uses only ethylene oxide gas for sterilizing the substances and does not entail high temperature processing.

Q. What is Ethylene Oxide used for?
A. Ethylene oxide is produced in large volumes and is primarily used as an intermediate in the production of several industrial chemicals, the most notable of which is ethylene glycol. It is also used as a fumigant in certain agricultural products and as a sterile for medical equipment and supplies.

Q. What is Ethylene Oxide Processing?
A. Ethylene oxide sterilization is a chemical process consisting of four primary variables: gas concentration, humidity, temperature and time. EO is an alkylating agent that disrupts the DNA of microorganisms, which prevents them from reproducing. The EO penetrates the breathable packaging and sterilizes all accessible surfaces of the product to render products sterile by alkylation of proteins essential for cell reproduction.

Q. What are the uses of Ethylene Oxide?
A. Ethylene oxide can penetrate multiple layers of breathable packaging, making it suitable for the sterilization of a wide range of materials not compatible with other methods of sterilization:

  • Assembled complex devices
  • Catheters
  • Custom procedure packs
  • Equipment with integrated-electronics
  • Multi-lumen tubing products
  • Stents
  • Wound care dressings

Q. What are the Advantages of Ethylene Oxide Sterilization Process?
A.

  • Low Temperature
  • High efficiency – destroys micro-organisms including resistant spores
  • Large sterilizing volume/chamber capacity
  • Non Corrosive to plastic, metal and rubber materials

Q. What are the Applications of ETO Sterilizer?
A. Foods, Medicine and Surgery

Q. What are the Types of Sterilization?
A.

  • Heat Based Sterilization
  • Chemical Based Sterilization
  • Radiation Sterilization

Q. How is sterilization cycle in ETO Sterilizer?
A. There are 3 phase in ETO Sterilizer

  • Preconditioning
  • Sterilization
  • Aeration (Degassing)
  • Cycle time is usually more than 14 hours.

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